I thought they actually did very well with it. I could see how it would be a hard movie to film especially with how bloody the books were. I dislike the actress for Katnis, but other than that i thought it was good and was one of the few movies besides LOTR that I actually liked the movie after reading the books first :p
Okay, so everyone ALWAYS says the book is better than the movie in any case. That's true.
However, in this case, the movie does not in any way do the books justice. In the time it'd take you to watch the movie, you could probably read the book if you're reasonably fast. They're easy reads, but there's a TON of subtleties that make the books so engaging and very deep. These subtleties were lost on the big screen. To make matters worse, many of the bigger details (some quite important) were changed so that even those expecting a "Hollywood" rendition of the book were still fairly disappointed in that it doesn't even pass as a superficial introduction into the series. Having read the book, I was sorely disappointed. And having not read the book, I can't imagine people really enjoying the movie because on its own, it's garbage. It's been stripped of everything of value it had and in the end, we're left with a distortion of an already ridiculous plot. A massive gladiator-esque arena where children go to fight and die to represent their oppressed districts? With a plot like that, you either amp it up on action and special effects enough to at least make it superficially entertaining, or you put real substance in there and use the bullshit plot as a means to an end (which the books did). The movie did neither.
For my money, I'd say it's not worth the time even if you watch it for free. I mean, if you're set on it or someone really wants to see it, sure. It's mildly enjoyable and you won't regret it. But there's absolutely nothing to love, not much to like, and everything of merit the series has to offer can only be found in the books. I'm not much on fiction, but I read the entire series in less than a week (that's including time to get copies of the book and times where I couldn't read; I averaged maybe a day per book).
Yea, I guess. If they make the sequel, they better make the second arena look and function as it did in the books. If they can do that, they'll be forced to use high quality special effects or make it look like the movie was produced by teenagers with a camera...
I've seen the movie, I actually enjoyed it. I found it quite screwed up. However if they make any more based on the books I won't watch them until I've read the books as I recently found out it was a book series.
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