1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Acting was quite wooden,
This review is from: The Hunger Games (2 Disc) [DVD] (DVD)
I really liked the books, so I decided to watch this film. I was disappointed. The books built on the characters really well, so that I liked some of them, hated others of them and actually cared when they died. In the film, I really felt as though the characters were all very distant and impossible to relate to at all. Almost as though the actors weren't acting, only dreaming about the money they would make at the end of the film.
So yes, some characters were good; Effie Trinket and Haymitch Abernathy actually seemed real, as did Clove and Cato, President Snow, Seneca Crane and Caesar Flickerman. Otherwise... ________
The only thing that is better in this film than it was in the book was Cato's death. They gave him a nice, philosophic speech about 'Bringing pride to his district' and killing, and so on.
The two stars are because it wasn't as bad as the worst of young adult/all ages films that I've watched (I wasn't a fan of Harry Potter or Twilight or numerous others, since on the whole, I'm more of a bookish person.)
If you hate reading but really want to know what the Hunger Games is about, watch this film. But trust me, the books ARE GOOD. The film, I'm afraid, isn't really.