They didn’t get everything right. I know, I know, we were ALL disappointed with what Katniss was wearing at the opening ceremonies in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ New York Times Bestseller, The Hunger Games. The CGI fire just didn’t do it justice, and Jennifer Lawrence looked like she was wearing a leftover stillsuit from Dune. Still, since my wife Kat and I read the trilogy just a month before the film came out, I still stand by the fact that it’s one of the faithful adaptations of a book done, period. From the great casting (most notably Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson) to the deft line of bloody-yet-PG-13 violence, everything save for the costumes was superb.
Since Cinemagogue’s focus isn’t really playing fashion police, however, we’ll move on. Like peasants of Pan Em clued to the arena telecast, this film is dominating the box office and the hearts and minds of viewers and critics, and likely will win out over Good Friday and Easter weekend. I think this is appropriate, since the pivotal ideas of identity and substitution – proxy, tribute, sacrifice – play such key roles in the film, a little glimmer of what this holiday weekend is all about as Jesus offered himself in our place.
(The Hunger Games is available on DVD and Blu-ray.)
Whether you’ve seen the film or read the book, you can check out this Spoiler-free video review. We’ll follow up with a written review addressing other elements that can only be addressed by revealing key plot points, and finally an in-depth audio review.