I loved it!!! In a word, perfect. Well, maybe not perfect. Nothing is ever perfect. But this was so close, I almost caught myself smiling in the awful bits, not because I was enjoying them, but because they were right. (I am not into violence, in case you’re getting concerned.)
There has been a lot of concern as to how closely it sticks with the book. It does. Almost word-perfect at times. There was a little bit added, and a few things brushed over, but on the whole, it was just the same, amazing story.
I was disappointed about Rue. Readers of the book will know exactly who I’m talking about. There wasn’t enough time with her before…sorry. I won’t go on. Her character and relationship with Katniss could have come out a bit more.
The emphasis on the Gamemakers was great. In the book it just mentioned them in a cool, spotless room. The movie went into that room and the technology, and it was so amazing. I loved it. It shows just how techno Panem is.
So why is it rated M? Because, while the killing is no more violent and showing than something out of Narnia or the Lord of the Rings movies, it shows the aftermath and there is blood. Not too much that you think, “That is so gross,” but not so little that you think, “He just got stabbed. Be realistic.” So as for what ages should watch this, some places consider it PG13. I think that’s pretty well right. I’m thirteen, and I’m not scarred for life. I was a little disturbed by the books (okay, a lot) but I think any kid who’s read the books and understands what it’s talking about can watch this movie. I would say a mature twelve year old could watch them. I don’t think it would really be suitable violence-wise for anyone younger.
The romance was played down, and for that I’m increasingly glad. There was no swearing except for one word, which half the population wouldn’t even consider a bad word.
It had its funny bits, its heartbreaking moments, it’s terrifying scenes and all up the same awesomeness as the book.
If you loved the book, you will not be disappointed. Oh, no. It will go down as five stars for me. My only regret is that it’s only in cinemas–I would have liked to watch it again the next day.
See cait’s part of the review… Happy Hunger Games