After watching The Hunger Games movie, I think it is safe to say that the movie has lived up to all the hype. Overall, the movie was backed by strong performances of Katniss and Peeta. Although there were some discrepancies in the movie, I think that the movie was definitely well worth the watch.
For the most part, the movie remained faithful to the book. It included key scenes including the Reaping, training with other tributes, and in the Games, the Cornucopia scenes, the tracker-jacker encounter, Rue’s death, the cave scene with Peeta, and the finale of the Games with the mutations. Although I felt that the movie was fast paced, it did successfully covered these important scenes in brevity.
I also thought that the choice for the cast of the movie was well picked. Jennifer Lawrence played a strong, steadfast, and reliable Katniss. The movie portrayed her to be very protective over her younger sister, Prim and along with helping Peeta when he was injured. Likewise, I thought that Peeta was very likeable and convincing of his love for Katniss. His portrayal in the movie was very representative of the book, particularly his monologue on the roof with Katniss the night before the Games began. Also, I thought Elizabeth Banks made a great choice for Effie. Her costume and demeanor were exemplary of the Capitol.
However, one discrepancy that I found strange was that during the end of the movie, Peeta was left almost unharmed. In the book, although Peeta’s leg was much better after applying the magic cream sent from the sponsors in the Capitol, his leg did not fully recover. In fact, he needed a prosthetic in the end. Likewise, during the final scene in the Games, Katniss is still bleeding from her ear. However, in the movie, both Peeta and Katniss appear only to be a little disheveled. It seems that they are just wondering around the woods. As a result, the movie lacks the sense of desperation for survival and tension.
I also noticed that the movie added a scene that was not in the book. In final scene of the Games, in the Cornucopia, Cato was wrestling with Katniss and almost has her head dangling off the Cornucopia. Fortunately, Peeta comes to her rescue. I found it particularly strange why this scene was added. Rather, in the book, the muttations attacked Peeta’s leg and made him more vulnerable than Katniss.
Since the movie is an adaptation of the book, the moviegoers will instinctively compare the movie to the book, making it harder for Hunger Games fans to be satisfied. However, overall with excellent casting choices and its faithfulness to the book, though despite some discrepancies, I thought that the movie is definitely worth watching .