Having been so caught up in the frenzy of all things The Hunger Games, I had high expectations for best selling series by Suzanne Collins. I'm happy to report that Hollywood didn't botch the best seller in 142 minutes. The movie did a great job interpreting the book. Was it like the book? Hell no. It never is. Since the book is from Katniss' POV, there were aspects that they had to improvise, but overall, I enjoyed it.
When you’re dealing with a successful book, which this one happens to be my favorite in the series, you automatically know the movie won't capture all the book’s nuances. Still, as a lover of fiction, you pray that your favorite parts are not ignored. That being said, it was sort of a mixed bag. All parts leading up to and the suspense from "the games" were indeed there. I thought Jennifer Lawrence did an amazing job depicting our heroine. That said, I was disappointed when scenes like when Katniss first discovers Peeta has an alliance with the Careers from the onset of the games. In the book, that scene was riveting. Katniss was shocked, but manages to play it up for the cameras. That sort of literary brilliance fell short in the film. Also, I thought the bread scene; Katniss and Peeta's “beginning” was sort of a missed opportunity too. But hey…what are ya gonna do?
If you love the book, chances are you’ll like to movie. For me, The Hunger Games movie was a 4 (unlike the book which in my review I rated a 5.) Why? To be honest, the ending was a slight disappointment. The scene/ reveal with Peeta & Katniss in the book was heartbreaking. The movie, however, seemed to pass this over. As far as characters, some were on point, others were okay. I won’t tell you which ones. I’ll let you be the judge. My husband who didn’t read the book and knows very little of the story thought it was awesome. He loves classic and sci-fi movies like Usual Suspects, The Godfather or Star Wars and Matrix. That should give you a different perspective if you haven’t read the book.