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Hunger Games – Book to Film

So I finally got around to watching The Hunger Games movie. I quite enjoyed it. There were things that I missed like a few of the subplots but sadly you expect a film to miss stuff out and mess around with other things.

Jennifer Lawrence was okay as Katniss though she wasn’t as layered as I would have liked, just being a strong character doesn’t mean you have to have almost no expression. I guess I just would have liked to see a little more variety in her portrayal, having said that though sometimes you are limited by what the story says and some of that texture was taken out of her in the dropping of parts of the story.

I loved the stuff with Rue and to be honest those wally’s who complained when the film came out that Rue was portrayed by a coloured actress really seriously need to learn to read, on top of that Amanda Stenberg did an amazing job.

Josh Hutcherson was fine and you really didn’t see  Liam Hemsworth much at all. Elizabeth Bank’s Effie Trinket just somehow didn’t seem big enough, I kind of expected something a little more over the top. Lenny Kravitz as Cinna was a pleasant surprise and I really liked Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch.

It was quite prettily shot but so much seemed to have been stripped out. All in all it wasn’t a bad film and I am curious about what they do with the second one.

Ultimately I much preferred the book but the film was okay. I hope they do better and give us a stronger second film.

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