I have seen the movie twice now and enjoyed it both times. Although there are several scene sequences where the movie looks like it’s been filmed using a hand-held camera, I’m willing to let that go, since it is a personal preference. I’m not really into that ‘Blair Witch’ type of filming.
For those who haven’t read the book, don’t worry, there’s no need to cram. The director and writers made sure that everyone would understand the plot, storyline and characters.
My hats off to Jennifer Lawrence, she was able to perfectly convey the emotions that her character Katniss Everdeen is going through in the course of the entire movie. She is simply perfect for the role. She is believable. She doesn’t look like she’s trying too hard or that she’s just acting out a character from a famous book. I think Jennifer Lawrence has a deep understanding of her character Katniss Everdeen, who she is – her strength and weakness, where she came from, what she’s going through and what she wants for her future and how she’s built as person. I can’t help but compare Kristen Stewart’s characterization of Bella in the Twilight movies. I must say Kristen needs some acting lessons or emersions maybe?
I think casting Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark is a very big drawback. First of all he doesn’t have any on-screen chemistry with Jennifer Lawrence. He has such a pretty boy face which does not go well with Jennifer Lawrence. Since I haven’t read the book, my movie companions who have indeed read all the 3 books are trying their best to convince me that Peeta and Katniss have “something” – well, romantically speaking. Second, his portrayal of Peeta is a bit weak compared to the portrayal of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. I don’t have anything against Josh Hutcherson, I just I think that he lacks the intensity and edginess that is needed for his character. Something to work-on for the sequel because he was not successful and bringing the character of Peeta Mellark to life on this one. I still remember him as the kid from RV, Zathura, Bridge to Terabithia and the Journey movies. My friend who has not read the book as well, but watched the movie with me said that she’d choose the character of Gale (played by Liam Hemsworth) over Peeta anyday, and that Cinna (played by Lenny Kravitz) has more chemistry with Jennifer Lawrence.
Expect nothing less from Stanley Tucci (Caesar), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch) and Donald Sutherland (President Snow) – there’s a reason why these three have been acting for a long time now.
The movie delivered as expected. It has its appeal and it’s engaging. I’m now waiting for the sequel.
“Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor!”