The world was certainly watching as fans took to the cinema at the weekend to see the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ enthralling Hunger Games trilogy. According to Reuters, Hunger Games (2012) gorged on a $214 million global debut, setting records for highest opening of a non-sequel film and biggest debut outside the summer blockbuster season.
The film did rather well in keeping with the original storyline, but it lacked so much attention to detail that in the end, and perhaps not surprisingly, I felt it didn’t do the book justice. While some felt the film was overlong, I felt the entire story was rushed and it might be better portrayed in a three part mini-series. The characters were underdeveloped and I felt Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) were miscast. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the film seriously lacked in blood and gore.
All in all I can’t say the film was awful but I can’t say it was good either, even without comparing it to the book. I didn’t feel connected to any particular character and I can’t really blame the kiddy rating for it either. Perhaps HBO might do an adult remake of it as the premise of the story really does make for good entertainment, and it’s such a shame that the film lacked so many key elements.