I went to see The Hunger Games this weekend with some lovely friends. I learned my lesson – no more opening night movies. That crowd was insane and a little scary. There were even girls hiding in the bathroom, creating their own line so they could cut into the theater line. Ridiculous.
But that said, I loved the movie. I thought the casting was excellent, and for the most part, I’m okay with the changes that were made. I thought the girls who played both Rue and Prim were perfect (and I am horrified by the race comments that have been made about the casting and can’t believe we live in a world where people think it’s okay to say those sorts of things). I cried twice during the movie. I’m not ashamed to admit it.
I thought the violence was very appropriately done, and it’s a very interesting look at society. I don’t have an issue with violence on tv and in movies (but think parents should use their discretion in deciding what their kids watch). But it’s not real violence – it’s fake. The Hunger Games though, that’s real violence (at least to the fictional people watching). Will we someday look at people fighting to the death as entertainment? It already happens with dog fighting and cock fighting in many areas.
It’s a bit of a scary thought and hopefully very far fetched.
But the movie was very good. You should see it. Read the books first though. Books are always better than the movie.