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The Hunger Games: What Did You Think?

The Hunger Games finally made its glorious debut in theaters this weekend, and to say that it was highly anticipated is the understatement of the year. With midnight screenings and sold-out shows, tons of people went to the movies to see it, including fans of the book and those who were just curious about the post-apocalyptic film about teens fighting to the death. Whatever camp you're in, I want to hear your mini movie reviews. If you read the novel, were you satisfied by the adaptation, or were you disappointed in the big-screen translation? Tell me about that and anything else you loved or hated about the film in the comments.

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James2681022 James2681022 5 years
I didn't see what all the hype about the movie was 24 teens killing each other wasn't disturbng. But, it is disturbing that so many people though it was so good B- movie maybe!
lovinggliz lovinggliz 5 years
 @Sean2517957 The movie was not disturbing at all. I disagree with you that it was disturbing and probably stupid to pay for.  My review for the movie is that it was amazing or better than amazing.  It lived up to the hype and had me falling off my seat the whole time. I was captivated and lost in their whole world the whole entire time. Jennifer Lawrence is a very good  actress in this movie. However, besides feeling like Cato and the careers would actually kill Katniss, I wasn't too worried about her. Also Josh Hutcherson was a great Peeta.  I fell in LOVE with him at that very second they showed him.  The grade I gave Hunger Games was an A+.
Sean2517957 Sean2517957 5 years
What does it say about Americans that the 2nd highest grossing opening weekend for a film - EVER - is a film about 24 teens hunting each other to the death until only 1 survives?  I don't know, but I'd love to hear your comments.  I found the film disturbing.  Didn't read the book.
Angelica Angelica 5 years
I loved it! It exceeded my expectations and lived up to the hype. I was captivated and lost in the world the whole time. And oh yeah, I cried a lot. 
luvprince luvprince 5 years
I wish I read the book first. The movie was entertaining and I gave it a  B+.  Jennifer Lawrence is a very good  actress in this movie. I couldn't tell when she was acting or was really sincere when it came to her romance with Peeta. Some of the scenes were very violent, it is hard for me to see violence in movies but to witness it among children was sad. When I left the theater it seemed like I missed something.  Going to buy the book tomorrow.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 5 years
 @dreamalittledream one of my favorite parts was seeing district 11's reaction to rue's death and katniss' salute... i found it incredibly moving. plus it nicely sets the groundwork for the rebellion in future movies
lauren lauren 5 years
 @popculture whore  @Becky Kirsch I will start this weekend how can I not with this many recommendations!
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
I agree with some of the other posters...overall, I think it was a solid, well-acted movie, and was very faithful to the books. I think the setting was perfect; District 12 was exactly as I imagined, as well as the capitol and the woods during the actual fighting...   However, besides feeling like Cato and the careers would actually kill Katniss, I wasn't too worried about her. In the books, the elements played such a large part in direness of the situation, I really missed that in the movie. When Katniss couldn't find a lake or stream, but realized Haymitch wasn't sending it to her because of her proximity to water...that realization that contributed to her pretending to love Peeta to get more sponsers...that was a great and important part of the books and was missing in the movie.   Peeta's injury was even downplayed, let's not forget in the book (spoiler!) he actually LOST his leg.   I also wish the developed Peeta more. They didn't really explain his motives...that he didn't train with Katniss and his private conversations with Haymitch about trying to keep her alive throughout the games. Peeta's most admirable quality, and his biggest strength, is his integrity, and how he is never a victim. I don't think there were enough scenes to establish that in this movie.   I loved the Rue scenes, and felt they could have actually lengthened their friendship a little more, but the scenes were still powerful. I liked the switch from District 11 sending her bread to the actual riots...the addition of President Snow/Seneca Crane was really terrific as well, I also liked Cesar as a voice-over explaining trackerjackers etc.   I know it sounds like a lot of complaining, but I honestly did enjoy the movie, I just love the books so much, I expected different scenes to be extended and characters fleshed out a little more.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 5 years
 @jrosenberg02  @smileet147 i have to agree.. a huge disadvantage of turning these books into a film is the fact that the audience can't hear katniss' every thought. my biggest complaint was probably that i felt the film didn't build the relationship between katniss and peeta as well as the books did... and if i didn't read the book i also would've been confused as to what katniss meant by "wanting to forget." but her smile did fall when she saw gale... at least that was an indication of her confused feelings
popculture-whore popculture-whore 5 years
 @lauren  @Becky Kirsch lauren you will LOVE the books! the movie missed a lot (for obvious reasons), and the books are so engrossing you'll finish them in no time
lovinggliz lovinggliz 5 years
lauren lauren 5 years
 @Becky Kirsch I will take the suggestion and start reading them!!!!
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 5 years
 @lauren I definitely recommend reading the books if you liked the movie. There's a lot more underlying layers and they are super addicting. You can read 'em all in a couple of weeks — I couldn't put them down!
jrosenberg02 jrosenberg02 5 years
 @smileet147  I agree as well!  Without Katniss' narration, all of the relationships in the movie felt under-developed.  If I hadn't read the books, I think I would have missed a lot of the nuance.  It's unfortunate.
Anna-Monette-Roberts Anna-Monette-Roberts 5 years
I loved it! I thought it stayed mostly true to the books . . . I plan to see it again this week!!
Laura-Marie-Meyers Laura-Marie-Meyers 5 years
 @smileet147 I agree! If I hadn't read the books, I'd have been confused about Katniss and Peeta's relationship — wondering if maybe some of this will be addressed in the next film?
lauren lauren 5 years
I liked it although I have not read any of the books! I thought the cast was great and the costumes amazing. I will go see the next one and maybe even pick up the books!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 5 years
It was pretty good. The only problem was the story holes. I understand you can't fit the entire book into the movie. But, there were some moments that glaringly needed.
larisa5656 larisa5656 5 years
While it wasn't the greatest film ever made, it was entertaining and faithful to the book.  See my review of the movie at
smileet147 smileet147 5 years
While I thought Jennifer Lawrence was amazing. I think it missed the mark on the last few minutes of the movie. The big heartbreak moment was when Peeta realizes everything Katniss did was just to survive that she was just playing him. That was such an emotional, cliffhanger and the movie completely missed it. Check out my other thoughts here.
RussTaylor622 RussTaylor622 5 years
I thought the chariot scene with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) on fire was very cool ! It gave me goose bumps ! When Katniss was about to enter the games shivering was very well acted i actually felt nervous myself for her ! The fight scene between Katniss and Clove (Isabelle Fuhrman) was intense ! All in all they did a great job of bringing the book to life on screen !
RussTaylor622 RussTaylor622 5 years
I thought the chariot scene with Katniss and Peeta on fire was very cool ! It gave me goose bumps ! The part where Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) was about to enter the games shivering was very well acted and made you feel nervous for her character. The fight scene between Katniss and Clove (Isabelle Fuhrman) was intense ! All in all they did a great job of bringing the book to life on screen ! 
adcmx adcmx 5 years
thought the film was cast perfectly, and i didn't think this prior to seeing the movie.  the adaptation from book to screen was very well done.  looking foward to seeing the movie again.
RussTaylor622 RussTaylor622 5 years
I thought the chariot scene with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson on fire was very cool !  It gave me goose bumps ! The part where Jennifer was about to enter the games shivering made you feel nervous for Katniss it was very well acted ! And the fight scene between Jennifer and Isabelle Fuhrman as 'Clove' was intense ! All in all they did a great job of bringing the book to life on screen !
popculture-whore popculture-whore 5 years
I was very impressed with Jennifer Lawrence's acting. She was able to capture and express all the emotions even without us knowing katniss's thoughts. It was very exciting to see the words on the pages come to life, and I especially liked the "behind the scenes" parts like with the gamemakers and district 12 back home. Sidenote: I love peeta :)
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