From Book to Movie – The Hunger Games

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Title: The Hunger Games

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Star

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Book Series Reviews: 1, 23

Description/Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Normally Im against books turning into movies or other such things because they just dont live up to their written counterparts, however I was please with out they turned this book into a movie.

Im not saying by any means that they did everything well, there were a number of things I did not like that they changed, but they were mainly little things, so the movie still got a 5 in my opinion.

Here are some of the changes they made:

  1. This one is a negative to me. They made Peeta seem weaker in spirit that what he actually was, and they downplayed all the things that he did. Right from the get go, he is supposed to grab a glass out of their mentors hand and smash it against a wall, but instead he gets a foot in his face. They also dont mention that he was wounded saving Katniss, they just show him telling her to run which you never really know is just part of her tripping out. Also at the end we dont get him being all angry because he finally works out she was acting the whole time, they dont go into that fact at all really. They also made some of the other characters which are supposed to be the strong willed and strong weak at the end. That annoyed me, someone with that kind of mentality wouldn’t change.
  2. Im going to put this change down as a plus. They made Katniss more emotional, you can tell she is actually feeling things, rather than just seeming like an ice queen the entire time. Though, because we are no longer in her head we loose alot of emotion as well and things that she is feeling. Like her thoughts on Peeta and Gale, and how in the beginning Peeta was the one rooting for them to train together and thats why it hurt so much more when he decided that they should train separately.
  3. Another negative. They removed the section were district 11 sent Katniss their bread for what she did for their girl. They replaced this with images of the district going ape shit, but that doesnt happen in the book. We dont know that that happened, and I thought that was going a bit far. The whole reason why the games are happening is because stuff like that went on back in the day and I don’t think a district would start rebelling so lightly. I did like the fact they showed bits of what was happening in other places than the arena though.
  4. I dont know where I stand on this one. The time frame was seriously altered, thusly they removed stuff like Katniss being deaf in one side for most the book is ignored because it wouldn’t work into the shorter time frame, and why exactly Katniss is able to go through a fence that says “High Voltage” on it. I understand why they did this though.
  5. Im going to say this is a good thing. They added perspectives from the Capital people. Though we have no idea in the book how these things went down in the book, if they had skipped that stuff in the movie it would have been wrong. I wanted this in the book so I’m glad I got it in the movie.
  6. Im going to go negative on this one. Though I understand why they did it, they removed alot of small character bits from the movie that were in the book. Her father was mentioned tones in the book, but we get a only a little flashback of him in the movie, to me I think it probably would have been better to just leave him out of the movie because the little flash just wasnt helpful. He was the driving force to why Katniss is the way she is in the book, and the flash doesnt do that justice. They also altered who gave Katniss the pin. She originally got it from someone (the district mayors daughter) whom she spent some time with but didnt know if she was friends with or not right before she goes off to the games. It meant something then because of the uncertainty of their relationship along with other reasons. It lost something with that whole back and forth between Katniss and Prim in the space of few hours.
  7. Another plus. I feel they chose good actors to play each character, they each embraced the role they were given and connected with that character. Images of each were not all that different in my head than they were to what actors I was given.
  8. Another negative, the blasts to tell if someone had died were completely random. Sure you didnt hear them all the time in the book but there were reasons for that that were not mentioned in the movie. It just made it seem like they were not as important as they were and it was really annoying.

As you can see a few things annoyed me with the change, but I did really enjoy the movie. I understand the need to change how some things go down so that it works in a movie setting. So with what they had and keeping that in mind they did a great job here. I actually saw the movie first before I read the book, and I thought it was a pretty good movie then, but after I read the book I liked the movie a whole lot more because they really did try to keep to the book as much as they could.

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One thought on “From Book to Movie – The Hunger Games

  1. Good review Jazmin. Didn’t take off until the actual Hunger Games started, but once they did get going, it was pretty fun, exciting, and thrilling. Can’t wait to see what they do with the sequel.

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