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[Not sure if this is a completely spoiler-free post. If you haven't read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or watched the movie... read at your own risk]
I finally got to watch The Hunger Games! I know, I'm a week late compared to everyone else but I'm so glad I went despite exams and everything. It was AMAZING! Definitely one of the best book-to-movie adaptations ever! I have no qualms in gushing about it for the rest of this post because it deserves that much and more. I heard such good things about the movie and it still managed to exceed my already high expectations!
Before watching the movie, I was a little dissatisfied by the casting but while watching the movie, it was clear that the casting was perfect! Everyone did justice to their roles. I'd imagined Haymitch differently but now I can totally accept and even love the movie Haymitch! Seneca Crane's beard was absolute brilliance and I loved the "And this is all good television" feel that was present throughout the movie, if you get what I mean.
At the same time, parts of the book like Katniss volunteering to take Prim's place in the Hunger Games and Peeta talking about his mother saying District 12 would have a victor for the first time (and not meaning him) were portrayed in such a heart wrenching way. The movie didn't just manage to avoid skipping any important parts- it also gave several scenes in the book more depth!
As for the boys... Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta) was perfect. Again, I had my doubts before watching the movie but as soon as I did, I was blown away! I also loved the portrayal of Gale in the movie, especially towards the end when he watches Katniss return a victor while carrying Primrose. To me, that is Gale: home.
I was left gasping at:
|Capitol fashion! So brilliant!|
Parts that had me sobbing involved:
(I don't have the right pictures. But it involved scenes with these characters!)
|+ this exact part|
This scene was exactly as I'd pictured it while reading the book:
If you haven't watched the movie yet, it's about time you did! You cannot wait till it comes out in DVD. Seriously, you have to go watch it now! If you haven't read the books yet, it's the right time to give it a try because you have this super-brilliant movie adaptation to watch right after!!