I have the utmost respect for Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games trilogy. I read The Hunger Games when it first came out, and immediately needed to read the next two books. Collins was able to create a truly remarkable world. The world of Panem, (the remains of what used to be the United States), and the 12 Districts forces its readers to carefully examine their lives and the society in which we live. Imagine if all of your liberties and freedoms were taken away? Imagine if you were never allowed to move? Imagine if the price of food was the life of another person?
As always, when a book is turned into a movie, there is the fear that it will never be as good. I appreciate the work of screenwriters, for translating the magic that happens within the pages of a book onto the screen is no easy task. But, with the case of The Hunger Games, the task was accomplished with flying colors.
Jennifer Lawrence does an outstanding job of portraying Katniss Everdeen. She’s wise, she’s spunky, she’s smart, and she’s beautiful without glitz or glamour…when I imagined Katniss, I imagined the character that Jennifer Lawrence worked so hard to embody. The same goes with Peeta and Gale, played by Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, respectively. Hats off to Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland, as I could not imagine a more fitting Haymitch, Caesar Flickerman, and President Snow. I do hope that the set and costume designers get their well deserved praise, for a huge part of this book, this story, and this world is the wardrobe, the scenery, and yes, the arena.
It’s a great movie. Even though it’s a PG-13 rating, and the premise does indeed involve a fight to the death, I believe that it’s not too graphic for the upper middle school crowd. With some of the programming on television nowadays, this can actually be considered rather tame. More importantly, it will inspire students to READ THE BOOKS, which is a beautiful thing.