The Hunger Games (2012)

If you’re planning to watch The Hunger Games movie, a little word of advice: don’t read the book days before watching it.

You’ll end up comparing the two and you won’t enjoy it that much.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it was a somehow faithful, very well-made, well-acted adaptation. I genuinely, GENUINELY enjoyed it (and the lazyboy chair which cuddled me the whole movie helped too) and would greatly recommend it to friends, even if they haven’t read the books yet.

The plot of the THG is pretty simple. To avoid another uprising, The Capitol (the center of power in the country of Panem) held The Hunger Games every year. 24 kids from 12-18 years old, 12 boys, 12 girls, from Panem’s 12 districts (excluding the Capitol). They’re placed in an arena and they must fight till the death. Last kid standing. There are no rules.

Oh, and everyone’s forced to watch The Hunger Games in their television. Yes. It’s like a reality show, only it’s not scripted.

Katniss Everdeen (the lovely Jennifer Lawrence) was forced to volunteer to play the game when her sister Prim was chosen to be District 12’s representative. She, together with a more well-off son of a baker Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), went to The Capitol for THG – which is like a euphemism for death.

One of my main concerns about the movie was how are they going to translate Katniss’ thoughts into the bigscreen. The thing was, they didn’t. Which does not necessarily mean a bad thing. Katniss was an annoying kind of bi-polar, being inside her head was irritating sometimes.

But the movie did a good job in the story telling department. They added some details not discussed in the book per se, but it made the story whole.

For instance, they added the arena ‘control room’ scenes. If you’re reading the book, you’ll be given to details at all on how the Capitol people manipulate the arena. In the movie, you’ll be shown awesome computer-y, high-tech computers controlled by people in white.

I have no real complain about the movie adaptation. The pace was ok (never a dull moment!). Acting was top-notch (Jen Lawrence is love!) and almost everyone’s perfect for their respective roles (Elizabeth Banks is love!). Except for Primrose. Sorry, young actress who I can’t really name, I really don’t feel her as Prim-ish. Prim as described as the little girl who everyone adored. The movie Prim was not really adorable. She’s very pretty yes, but not adorable (again, sorry little girl!).

I see that actress playing Madge (although Madge’s older), but not Prim.

Amandla Stenberg, on the other hand, was REALLY perfect for as Rue. She’s just sooo adorable.

My apologies to Woody Harrelson, also. Haymitch Abernathy was one of my favorite characters and I felt betrayed that Jeff bridges didn’t play him (I pictured Jeff while reading the book). But Woody was PERFECT (sans the blond hair, but liveable) as Haymitch! I shall never doubt again.

Also, my apologies to Lenny Kravitz (he played my most favorite character, Cinna) for doubting him. I want to hug him!

I was also disturbed that Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Katniss has more chemistry than Katniss-Peeta. I hate it. I HATE EEEET!!!! Oh, full disclosure, I’m an all-the-way Team Peeta! TEAM BAKERBOY!

But as the movie progress, you can slowly see the sparks between Peeta and Katniss. The pair grows on you.

I am so relieved of this movie. It didn’t turn out to be Twilight-ish since there’s less of the lovey-dovy parts. What I liked most about the book was the rebellion-political plot and what I liked least was the love part (Sorry! I don’t have a soul!), so I was greatly relieved of the movie’s outcome.

Can’t wait for the Catching Fire! 2014!!!!!
Adie (who haven’t read the 3rd book yet: Mamamatay ba si President Snow? (Will President Snow be killed?)
Aika: gusto mo sabihin ko sayo? (Do you really want me to tell you?)
Adie: wag (no)