When I first hear that I book I love is being adapted to the silver screen, I usually fill with joy that I get to experience a beloved story through another medium. Then as I sit in the theatre and am surrounded by countless people who probably didn’t even know it was a book, I start to panic.
I wonder: How will they ruin the story this time? Will they leave out key factors in order to please the general public? Will the storyline be jagged or not do justice to the author’s work? Will the casting be true to the character I envisioned in my mind?
Yet last night, as I sat front row for The Hunger Games and was taken to the world of Panem, my qualms were completely quelled. The movie was superb and as true to the book as it possibly could be, even though the violence was certainly tamed down and distorted to maintain a PG-13 rating. They managed to enhance the story with visuals I didn’t even think of when reading- such as the masterminds at the Capitol using technology to create the destruction during the Games, and the colorful personalities of Effie Trinket and Caesar Flickerman. I was left feeling like I finally understand the fantastical nature of Panem like Suzanne Collins wanted.
The cinematography and the incredible story- especially the clever use of ringing to show that Katniss had suffered damage to her ear drum- was a real treat, but the biggest gem was the leading lady. Jennifer Lawrence was the perfect Katniss Everdeen as she exemplified strength, independence, and most importantly, cunning skills. Even though she’s already an Oscar nominee, this film series is going to launch her young career into another galaxy and I can’t wait to be on the ride. The odds are certainly in her favor.
The only thing I’m left pondering is: where can I get a black catsuit with flames shooting out the back for my Halloween costume?