I don't want to give anything away for those of you who haven't seen it yet (or who haven't read the books) but I loved the movie. It definitely lived up to my expectations and was one of the best book-to-movie incarnations I've seen in a long time. I'm not sure if it was because I knew what was coming or if it was because I didn't know how it would come, but there was this anxiety in the pit of my stomach throughout most of the two hours and twenty minutes. Not only did I jump in my seat, I also teared up once or twice. But, as heart-wrenching and thrilling as it was, there was still something missing. Of course, when most books are translated into movies, you expect that some characters and events might be sacrificed in the name of time constraints. The Hunger Games was no exception, but that's not what was missing. I can't believe I'm going to say this but ... I didn't think it was violent enough. One of the most compelling aspects of the story is the length the government is willing to go in order to subdue and control their people. They sacrifice children in the name of power and glorify it for entertainment. That's some seriously sick shiz. The way the characters handle both the mental and physical horrors they face is what makes them so human. But in order to relate to them, we need to experience that horror. When you read the books, you experience it with your imagination. When you go to the movie, you experience it through the screen. Basically, I was disappointed to find that what I experienced in my imagination was much more powerful and horrific than what I experienced through the screen. I feel like this is the kind of movie where you just gotta take the R rating and really do it justice. Does that make sense? All in all, though, it was a great movie. It actually made me want to go back and read the books again and it got me super excited for the next two movies.
So tell me, did you see it? What'd you think?