Pulling in around $155 million in its opening weekend, “The Hunger Games” set multiple records including having the third strongest opening weekend behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “The Dark Knight”, according to Hollywood.com.
Like any other movie based on a book, the hype surrounding the premier guaranteed initial popularity. However, was the demanding and critical audience pleased?
Well, after two cups of coffee and a pack of Oreo-cookies, I’m proud to say the midnight premier of “The Hunger Games” left me extremely satisfied.
Even though I had read the book, the movie kept me on the edge of my seat with excitement and anticipation.
The movie was 2 hours and 22 minutes, but it definitely did not feel like it. There was never a dull moment or a dragging scene. I literally had to look at my watch, once the credits started, to be convinced that much time had passed.
While mostly staying true to the book, I felt the parts that were changed were necessary for the flow of the story. Logistically, not everything could be included in the movie, and I believe the scenes that made the cut were definitely the right choice.
Having also read the book, freshman Julie LaForce said, “I was very pleased with the film. It stuck to the book and managed to fit it into a two hour movie.”
For those who haven’t read the book, do not worry, you will still enjoy the movie.
Freshman English major Katy Ward agrees and said, “I thought the film was well done and poignant even without reading the book, though I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so disturbing.”
Whether you have read the book or not, you will find this movie to be the perfect mix of action, drama and romance, making it appealing to both the romantic and action buff.
I thought the acting was excellent, with great performances from Elizabeth Banks, as Effie, and Stanley Tucci, as Caesar Flickerman. Jennifer Lawrence, who played the role of Katniss Everdeen, captured the character and personality of Katniss perfectly. In addition to her believable acting, it was refreshing to see that the role was given to a lesser known actress with a relatable appearance.
When asked why the movie was such a hit, freshman Jared Miller said, “I think it is so popular because it’s an interesting concept. It’s almost like people can put themselves in a particular role and relate.”
The only aspect which left me slightly disappointed was the lack of background development. Because of the time constraints, the history of the games and Katniss’ relationships with her mother, Peeta, and Gale seemed slightly undeveloped. Perhaps it is because there were hundreds of pages dedicated to these complex relationships in the book, but I felt they were a little rushed. I suspect more will be revealed about the background in the upcoming movies.
I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone whether you have read the book or not. Although I am a proud supporter of the dollar (now $1.50) theater, I would say it is worth the extra nine dollars to see now. However, if the ratings continue to stay high, may the odds be ever in your favor when trying to find an open seat.