Let me start off by blowing off some steam now before I decide to take anger out throughout segments of my review. I wouldn’t want it to sound like, “So the Hunger Games is about…IDIOT! a girl named…” No, that would be irritating. So let’s clear this out of the way. The idiots who talk bad about this movie are, well, idiots. They hate just to hate. Nothing they say is credible. Do not believe their slander and their hateful reviews. The Hunger Games is the best book-to-film adaptation I have ever witnessed. If you don’t know the plot, you haven’t seen civilization for the last six months. Everyone is reading The Hunger Games, and I’m sure that your friends have bugged you about it, spilling the plot and details a lightning speed. The three key points to this highly anticipated movie are acting, plot, and just for the fans of the book, how well it was adapted. The acting was the foundation of the movie. Everyone’s performance was grand. Jennifer Lawrence is the Katniss that the audience accepts and believes, just as Daniel Radcliffe owned the role of Harry Potter. Everybody else, from Woody Harrelson to Josh Hutcherson, pulled the weight of their character like a feather. Even Lenny Kravitz, who played the stylist Cinna, was strong. The characters were all established well, and I look forward to seeing them develop in the future movies. The only character interaction that was a bit lacking was the relationship growing between Katniss and Peeta. The narrative from Suzanne Collins is necessary to explain Katniss’s feelings about Peeta, and the chemistry was there, but the not the complexity of it. Also, Haymitch’s character was developed a bit quickly, but that’s not too big of an issue. The plot was well paced. Nothing was slow, but nothing was rushed. People complain about how character development was weak, etc. etc. But people have to accept that this is a movie. Setting and action becomes more important than individual characters being explained. The wide universe and lore of the Hunger Games is explained through Ceaser Flickerman, the host of the Games, who dictates what is going on to Panem, and, subconsciously, the audience. The plot was paced well, explained well, and it absorbed me fully. The vibrant Capitol was interpreted fantastically, and the Games were brought to life.
Shaky camera techniques were used during the brutal action scenes, but it was used effectively, to cover up gory violence. But there is violence included with the Hunger Games, don’t get me wrong. The only time the shaky camera got to me was at one of the ending scenes, which I will not spoil. It became so shaky where it took ten seconds for me to find out what was happening. But that’s just one scene. Lastly, how was it adapted? Did it destroy a ton of plot lines from the book? Thankfully, nothing was taken out except for a few little points here and there, but they weren’t key at all. In fact, a lot was added to give more than one side of the story, to better the plot. Scenes of the busy Game-Makers were interesting, and a look at the sinister-seeming President Snow in his rose garden gave the audience a nice idea of his personality. The origin of the mockingjay pin is changed, but it doesn’t falter the movie. In fact, there were a few small changes, changes not being tweaks, but outtakes. Little events and details are removed, but I take my hat off to the makers of this movie. They fit the book of our generation into a two and a half hour movie. They even kept the lore, and stayed true to the book. My dad, who hasn’t read the books, understood even the smallest details involving the Games. There was no explaining on my part necessary. So, please, ignore the haters and check out this film. I am giving it a Filet. It was such a faithful adaptation that I cannot rate it lower. I was impressed, and it exceeded my expectations. I wanted it to become a movie, and here was the product. Who can complain? The odds were ever in its favor.