So I went to the midnight showing of Hunger Games, after tearing through all three books just a month ago…and have mixed feelings on it.
Some things I thought were done quite well. I rather enjoyed the movie’s elaboration on certain events, such as the glimpses into the Game’s control room. I also liked that Haymitch was less of a seemingly incompetent drunk, and showing him meeting the sponsors was a great idea that makes him more of a likable character.
Unfortunately, even at 2.5 hours, the movie wasn’t anywhere near long enough to adequately cover things it should have. Most smaller characters are almost completely side-lined–I felt nothing when Rue died because we’d seen maybe 90-seconds of her up to that point. Hell, I didn’t really care about any of the characters. We also didn’t see nearly enough of how life is in the districts; from the few glimpses we saw, it honestly didn’t seem that bad. And Katniss’s motivations lacked the impact from the book since we’re barely shown her family, or her activities outside the family (hunting).
I also didn’t think the actor for President Snow at all captured what I envisioned of him from the book, with his “snake-like” eyes.
Oh, and the Cornucopia looked nothing like I envisioned. That thing looked like a prop ripped right from a high school play.
In short, I was bored through much of it, even though it is pretty faithful to the book…perhaps too faithful. I think they needed some longer scenes in order to provide better context for the happenings that transpired. But whereas I was completely hooked by the books, the movie left me mostly indifferent.
But how about you all?