Tuesday, 27 March 2012

BOOK TO MOVIE: The Hunger Games

WORDS |   Nicole Pires

Fans of The Hunger Games book series all over the world held their breath in anticipation for the film release. Tickets sold out at cinemas in Brisbane for the midnight screening on March 22. People have been calling it the “new Twilight” but fans of The Hunger Games know it’s much more.

Following the enormous success of The Hunger Games book series by Suzanne Collins, there was a lot of hype surrounding the film adaptation. The book has a cult following so no matter how good the film is, it will be scrutinised and criticised. As a true Hunger Games book fan, I tried my best to watch the film objectively, but still found some flaws in its translation.

I was disappointed in the omission of some vital plot details. I believed that this is attributed to the movie not being dictated in first person by the protagonist, Katniss. As her internal thoughts are not voiced, some of her feelings are not conveyed leading to the viewer reading her character differently. Nevertheless, the casting of the film was brilliant. Jennifer Lawrence portrayed feisty Katniss Everdeen perfectly, and Josh Hutcherson convincingly played a love-forlorn Peeta Mellark. Their stellar performances really brought he movie to life, which for the book fans was definitely the most exciting part.

The costuming in the Capitol was exactly as one would have pictured it. There was bright clothing, obscure make-up and crazy hairstyles. This contrasted well with the desolate state of District 12, which seemed like the colour and life had been sucked out of it in contrast.

Overall, the movie was exciting and fast paced. The futuristic elements of the film were executed beautifully with many interesting technology innovations. The post-apocalyptic feel and the ambience of the movie provided a good reflection of the book. Of course, there will always be criticisms to be found, but it is safe to say that director Gary Ross did do it justice. Happy Hunger Games.


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