Of course I saw this movie opening night, but I was surprised by all the open spots in the theater. I suppose I’m used to Harry Potter opening nights where there are costumes and insane fans. The movie itself was a very faithful adaptation of the book, and most of the characters looked EXACTLY as I pictured them. Rue was absolutely perfect, as was Cinna and Foxface. It was like someone photocopied my brain’s image of them and made it a real person. Casting for this movie was really well done. Katniss was the only one who I thought wasn’t cast well. I pictured her with darker skin and with more umf.
Anyway, I was greatly disappointed by the games themselves. The point was to show how completely disgusting the Capital’s society is to rejoice and entertain themselves with the perverted slaughter of teens by other teens. I feel that they were too concerned with keeping their PG-13 rating, and the games should have been more violent. Teens killing teens should make audiences feel uncomfortable. We should wince and feel like we’re just a tad too similar to the Capital–paying money to be entertained by the deaths of vicious children.
I have no desire to see it again, though I think anyone who read the books should definitely see it. It’s worth at least one viewing.