Written March 25, 2012
If you didn't read the book, then you will love this movie. However, if you read the book and loved it as much as I did, you will still like the movie, but probably just not as much as the book. They could have made the movie a little longer in order keep in some of the great parts of the book that were cut out, and this would have made the film even richer, but all in all, still a great film. The casting of the main characters was excellent and I'm looking forward to the next two!
Written March 24, 2012
We saw this at the midnight premier in IMAX. The movie was spectacular... fast-paced right to the end. The actors brought you right into their world, the cinematography was amazing! Camera usage made you feel like you were right their watching news coverage of a live event! Special effects usage was tasteful and blended well with the rest.
This is a must see. For the parent that is leary, there are some scenes of violence, even to the point that it might be labeled graphic, i.e. a kids neck broken, which was shot from a distance and not close up, and Rue pulling a spear from her stomach. There are depictions of blood, though.
For those of a faith background, The story is completely devoid of any mention of faith in the books. Yet there is one epithet where Katniss exclaims "oh my God." I do not remember any cussing.
All-in-all a great movie, although a little violent. Go see it!
Written March 24, 2012
I loved the books and loved this movie. It was like everything I imagined when I read the book to be magnified 10 times, like the way the gamemakers manipulated the tone of the games. Jennifer and Josh were excellent in this movie. The only bad thing I have to say is it was over too quickly and I have to wait for the next installment.
Written April 02, 2015
Many going were fans of the book. I haven't had the chance to read it, and I have to say I want to, now. Great movie. Dark, but not gratuitous with it. Great acting and an amazing plot. I would love to see more in this series.
Written March 23, 2012
Jennifer Lawrence is strong, sincere and riveting as Katniss. I am so glad a serious actress was signed on for this part! The casting was hands down the best I have seen on a book to movie series. Each character came alive from Haymitch to Effie to Cinna to Josh. The soundtrack enhanced the story perfectly and the writing (w Suzanne's help!) balanced nicely between the serious ness of the subject, the politics, the action and the drama, making a movie that will stand the test of time. I am a computer geek and really enjoyed the CGI effects within the "arena" and the main control center in Panem. Cinematography was beautifully done bringing alive the distressed Districts, the beauty of the wooded Arena and the majestic richness of Panem. The sorrow of the first sequence in the games when all the tributes race from their tubicles was captured without excess gore but with a soft camera hand that understood death and dying.
Very Well Done! I gotta see it again.