SPOILER POST!! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE BOOKS (unless you don't mind spoilers)
So as you know I saw the midnight session of The Hunger Games movie. I watched it again on Sunday with Jasmine. I loved it the first time I saw it but I was also tired and a little hyper. I don't think I really appreciated it on my first viewing. After watching it on Sunday I enjoyed it so much more.
I can't think of a better person to play Katniss. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing. And Josh Hutcherson completely stole my heart as the boy with the bread. Stanley Tucci is the most amazing Caesar Flickerman.
I loved the scenes that they added in that were not in the book. Such as...
♥ Katniss giving the three figure salute to the camera for District 11 and they in turn were doing it back to her and then revolted. It just shows that Katniss was already becoming a symbol of hope and revolution.
♥ Haymitch talking to Seneca Crane about giving the viewers something to hope for (after the revolt starting in the districts and capital) with young love. I found this fascinating because this very well could be one of the reasons why there was a rule change in the first place.
♥ I loved the Caesar Flickerman and Claudius Templesmith scenes where they would explain things happening in the Games. Seeing as most things were in Katniss' head, so it was an interesting perspective.
♥ Seneca Crane entering the room at the end with the nightlock berries in the bowl. I always assumed he was executed by hanging but that's because of the particular scene in Catching Fire.
Of course I adored seeing Katniss and Peeta together in the cave. That was one of my favourite parts of the book. And Rue's death made me cry. I remember thinking how utterly tragic it was. And Amandla Stenberg was just so sweet as Rue.
I'm quite glad that they cut the scene with Cato and the mutts because I didn't really want to see him being mauled and hear him moaning all night.
Overall I think it was fantastic! One of the best book adaptations I've seen. I know they cut certain things out and changed things but that's necessary. If I could add anything I would have loved to see a longer interview at the end with Caesar and the heartbreaking scene of when Katniss tells Peeta she was faking it. My heart died a little when I read that for the first time 3 years ago.
I'll be sure to watch the movie again sometime soon! Looking forward to it and I'm so happy one of my favourite books was made so well.
What did you enjoy about the movie?