After waiting somewhat impatiently, I was finally able to watch the movie The Hunger Games, based on the novel of the same title by Suzanne Collins. The DVD/BluRay came out just this week, and I was lucky enough to get it from NetFlix over the weekend.
That was the really good news. The not so good news is that I thought the film was only just okay.
I'm sure my issues stem from the fact that I loved The Hunger Games book and thought Collins did a great job creating a believable world and fully realized characters. I had specific images in my head of what the places would look like and how the people would act. It's silly of me to expect that Gary Ross (the director) would have the same vision.
What I liked:
- The cast, which includes Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland
- The acting, which didn't disappoint
Here are some of the general things that bothered me (no particular order):
- No real tension or connection between Katniss and Peeta
- No real sense of Katniss as the "girl on fire"
- Haymitch Abernathy (although Harrelson was good) was cleaned up too much; not haunted
- No sense of the importance of the little parachutes & connection with sponsors
- Change in the rules, which completely deflated and ruined the end
- Not enough sense of terror, danger, or need to be cunning
- Seemed to be over in a flash
- The cornucopia wasn't golden