In case you've been oblivious to everything that matters in the world, The Hunger Games movie came out yesterday. (edit: I understand that's not everything that matters in the world. However, yesterday, that was the only thing that mattered in my world.)
I can't embed the trailer, so watch it here
Awhile ago, I posted a blog entry about how I am an obsessive fan girl
about tons and tons of things, like Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Disney movies, Anne of Green Gables, musicals, etc. and you can add The Hunger Games to that long, illustrious list.
(Wikipedia says it better than me)
: "The story centers on sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive."
Suzanne Collins wrote three books in the series, and this is the first of the three movies planned. My cousin and I went to the midnight screening last night, dressed up like Katniss, because we are complete dorks who don't care that we're in our 20s.
My cousin dressed up as Katniss. I'm so proud to share blood with her.
I have to say, it was fantastic. I'm a big fan of books in general, so I always get excited when my favorites are re-made on the big screen, but I've seen some adaptation that are so-so at best. The Hunger Games, however, is an absolutely brilliant adaptation of the book. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss is better than I ever could have imagined. And of course, I'm totally fangirling over Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, the boy she's sent to the Games with. The supporting cast is astonishing as well -- many, many famous people who completely disappear into their characters.
As to whether this book/movie series is appropriate for younger people, use discretion. There's next to no sexuality involved, and mild language, but there is extreme violence. I would caution parents to read the book first before letting anyone under 12 read/watch the movie.
If you're looking for a new franchise to love post-Harry Potter, I definitely encourage you to check it out! Send me your Hunger Games comments here or on Facebook!