I went to see The Hunger Games last week in a seriously excited mood: I’ve posted before about the books and how much I enjoyed them, so I was looking forward to the film. I loved how the film was shot; not blockbuster style, but more “indie” as one friend put it. District 12 was perfect; maybe not quite as urban as I’d pictured it, but I felt the meadow and forest was spot on.
The Capitol was not portrayed exactly as I’d imagined; I thought it would be brighter, flashier, more shiny. But I felt it worked. Even the make-up on the people of the Capitol was amazing, but not quite as I’d expected.
However, I felt slightly cheated on leaving the cinema. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the film (I did); I just felt like they’d missed some of the depth of the books, and that some scenes had felt extremely scripted.
I’d recommend the film to friends, but I would warn die-hard fans to be cautious… some plot points such as the familiar Avox, and Peeta getting his leg ripped off are just… missing. Which I thought was a bit odd.
It didn’t live up to the books, but it was a good watch. Four out of five stars.