I finally ventured out to see the movie after the hype has died down somewhat. I am the sort of person who prefers avoiding crowds and watching stuff after the first rush has died down and there’s breathing room. The theater was still almost packed full so I guess it’s too early to say that the rush is gone but you get my point. Anyway, I thought I’d do a review of the movie more so to help me gather my thoughts on it than to provide anyone with a concise report on what the movie entails.
I liked the movie adaptation. It was entertaining. It had pretty people, solid action, decent acting and the sequence of the scenes was very engaging. Superficially speaking, it was an awesome movie.
However, the movie catered almost exclusively to those who had already read the books and brought with them the whole world of Panem into the theaters. It spent little to no time building the world in which the movie is set, depicting the details of the relationships, the intricate dynamics, the movie did not pay any attention to that. And truth be told, I don’t know if it was possibly to make the experience of watching the movie similar to the experience of reading the book. Maybe not but then again, I compare this to my all time favourite adaptation – Lord of the Rings – and I KNOW it is possible, it just wasn’t done here.
So, I would advise anyone who wants to see the movie to read the book first. You’ll get more for your money that way.