Rachel: WE SAW THE HUNGER GAMES AT MIDNIGHT AND WOW ALL OF THE FEELINGS ARE BEING FELT. Whenever a book-to-movie adaptation is made, the movie can never live up to the book, of course. Because you know, books are always better. But that's fine, and I was prepared for that with The Hunger Games. I was ready to see all the things they changed and a new take on the book I loved so much. And I was surprised by how amazing of an adaptation this was. Obviously, some things were changed, but for the most part, it stuck extremely close to the book.
Megan: YES! Plus, I mean I totally dressed as Katniss! And people were totally giving me weird looks and saying that I looked a lot like her. I was KIND OF proud of myself. (And also Rachel for finding me a bow) To be honest, with all of the crazy amount of advertising leading up to this movie, I was convinced that it was going to be terrible, they were going to ruin it, and I was kind of scared. AND THEN I SAW THE MOVIE. It was so much better than I expected it to be! One of the best book adaptations I've seen. There were surprisingly few things that bothered me.
Rachel: AHEM. I did not buy the bow for you, I bought the bow for ME. Who do you think I am, a member of Abnegation? Pssh.
Megan: *cracks up* Okay, but you did let me use the bow, which was nice. We got an unreasonably large number of weird looks for running around the theater with it and shooting it at random things. Some people just don't understand. ANYWAY, I really liked the casting for this movie. Some of it I was a bit uncertain about when the cast was first announced, but I thought everyone did a really great job. All of the characters looked amazing onscreen!
Rachel: The cast was freaking amazing. Even if the rest of the movie sucked, the perfect cast would have totally made up for it. Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss is absolutely spot-on. Josh Hutcherson is the Peeta I imagined when reading the books. And even though Liam Hemsworth had such a small part, I think he's one of the best actors in the movie. Gale and Katniss's relationship was able to be developed in such a short time, and I can't wait to see more of Gale in Catching Fire. Rue, Cinna, Haymitch, Caesar Flickerman, Effie, Prim, President Snow, Seneca Crane, Katniss's mom, all the tributes...they are all just PERFECT.
Megan: THEY SO WERE! And I loved Seneca Crane! The additional scenes that really let you see into his character were some of my favorite. You got to see more of President Snow too, and it showed you how he was so onto Katniss from very early on. I loved all of the scenes that showed how the Game Makers manipulated the arena and controlled the games. It was a whole side of the world you never get to see in the books, and I liked it a lot. Plus, we got to actually see the revolt in District 11, which was incredibly sad and also awesome.
Rachel: Yes! I loved all those scenes that were added. Overall, there were a bunch of things in the book that I was really disappointed didn't make it to the movie, but I understand why they took it out. Obviously, a lot of things had to be changed to make sense in a movie format and they definitely could have done a lot worse!
Megan: They definitely could have! Most of the book is internal monologue, so I get that some things had to be changed in order for it to translate to the screen, but I thought they did a really good job even with that. There was also a lot of suspense in this movie! I was kind of freaking out a bit towards the end, and I KNOW what happens. I believe your mom was actually driving my mom crazy because she was doing the same thing.
Rachel: Hahahaha yes! (By the way, we went to see this with both of our moms, our friend Katherine, and her mom. Everyone had read the books and we were all freaking out and it was awesome.) So, overall, this movie was done really well and I am seriously impressed. When I am no longer SICK IN BED UGHHH, I will be seeing it in theaters again and again.
Megan: Oh I know! Time to put those free movie passes to good use! Or you know, some money I shall dig up. Either way, I will be seeing this movie many times, and I shall also be getting it on DVD asap to watch it many, many times.