Movie Review Monday
The Hunger Games this weekend even though it made the subtle changes all the more noticeable. It's always hard to adapt a book to movie form without losing a lot but I felt the film stayed very true to the story and I highly recommend it. Husband didn't read the book and he had no trouble following along and said he enjoyed it as well. The book is mainly from the first person perspective of hero Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence nailed it!) and I wondered how that would play on screen. It turns out the film version created the background scenes of the games, which was very interesting and made the vision of that kind of future even more frightening. I really thought the casting was fantastic (especially Stanley Tucci!) except for one character: Peeta. In writing, the character has a much more self-deprecating sense of humor whereas the actor came across like a little bit of a wuss. Because of that, I didn't feel the love triangle as much as I think I could have. That and the fact that Gale (played by cutie patootie and Miley Cyrus boyfriend/brother of Thor, Liam Hemsworth) wasn't in this movie nearly enough to establish said love triangle. While the fight scenes were definitely brutal, the book was far more grotesque in its descriptions. Still, it was shocking to see children in the audience. While at Barnes & Noble this weekend, I noticed lots of kids walking around with the books in their hands. I have to applaud this series and if the movie inspires more children to read, then I'm all for it. In fact, I'm excited about it.