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“Visually, it was a feast!” ~Under the Covers
What an amazing ride THE HUNGER GAMES have been. I may be in the minority here, but I’m just catching up to reading the books. Always prepared though, and reading before watching the movie. I had finished reading CATCHING FIRE earlier this week so everything was very fresh in my mind when I went in to see the movie. And as with the first one, it was amazing.
This is definitely my favorite book to movie adaptation. Maybe of all time. They’ve managed to recreate the world perfectly without looking cheesy or over-using CGI. And I was really excited about how this one turned out, especially with the actual 75th Hunger Games. Visually, it was a feast!
Then there’s the characters. OMG, the book broke my heart and tore me in a million pieces. Although, the movie didn’t quite get there I did tear up a few times. I wish they would’ve put more emphasis in those gut-wrenching points. But I understand how things have to be cut short for movie purposes. I am happy that they managed to convey the whole story in the book and stuck to it almost to a T, adapting only certain things that were easier to show the way they did since they were internal dialogue.
Then there’s Peeta. This was my only sad part of the movie because I think they down played his role and impact in the movie. Here’s the thing. I went into the book being completely Team Gale. And I liked Peeta but wasn’t my fave. Then CATCHING FIRE got going and I kept thinking “WOW, he’s so good, he’s too good for Katniss. She doesn’t deserve him!” And then by the end I was in tears because I AM IN LOVE WITH PEETA and I think Katniss and him are perfect together! All the sacrifice, the heartfelt moments, were in a way missing from the movie. I don’t know if just by watching you would have the same change of heart about Peeta that I did. In fact, I went to see the movie with my non-reader friend and she’s still very much Team Gale. So that’s my only fail of the movie.
All in all, amazing job by everyone involved in making this movie happen. Costumes were amazing, cinematography was as well. Acting was excellent as well with just a few minor complaints. I am definitely getting ready to read the next book soon. Won’t be waiting a year to find out what happens after that cliffhanger.