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A Mom Reviews "Hunger Games"

Patch editor says the film adaptation was true to the book and satisfies fans.

It's not every week I'd let two of my kids stay up until 3 a.m. to go to a midnight movie on a school night. But the fact we were at Caldwell Cinema Thursday late instead of sleeping is a testament to how much we love Suzanne Collins' series, "The Hunger Games."

And, if the packed theater was any indication, the rest of America does too.

The movie was filled with fans - some who'd read all three books in the series, some who had only gotten through the first one. There was also one teenaged girl, was hurriedly finishing the pages of the first book, minutes before the lights went out.

For book fans, the movie didn't disappoint.

The depiction of Panem was just as bleak as described in Collins' trilogy. Prim and Rue were sweet and innocent, and the games horrific and deadly. But the real reason to see the movie is the outstanding acting of Jennifer Lawrence, who steals the show with her cornflower blue eyes and stoic demeanor.

Lawrence is absolutely convincing in her portrayal of the determined Katniss Everdeen. She makes her character both understated and intense. A good supporting cast includes Donald Sutherland as President Snow and Woody Harrelson has Haymitch. Stanley Tucci is engaging as Caesar Flickerman and Lenny Kravitz is intensely likeable as Cinna.

The violence in the story is there, but isn't overly graphic. My 12-year-old son was in the audience and I covered my eyes more than he did during some of the scenes. The violence doesn't overshadow the bigger storyline of the test of friendship, loyalty, and unfairness of this fractured fictional world.

One viewer said she thought the movie was good, but didn't have the depth of the books, and, I would agree, that some of the details were glossed over. But overall, the movie depicted the book fairly and accurately, with the ending leaving the audience hungry for the next chapter.

If you haven't yet read the series, it's well worth it. Collins has a few tricks up her sleeve in the next two books and you'll want to be ready for them before the next movie comes out.

paul March 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Twlight blows this movie away..not too much of a story in this game and very predictable...sorry, I want my noney back!
courteney sutton March 27, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I haven't seen this movie but I really want to. People are saying that it is a racist movie. How is that exactly?
paul March 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Because they have black people in it
Lucille March 29, 2012 at 06:22 PM
People, please.... kids are reading the books, as well as adults, which is definitely a plus. The movie kept to the storyline of the book as much as possible and the acting was right on the mark. This is entertainment, not history, for gods sake. Just go out and have some fun instead of staying at home and playing video games. I'm a grandmother and went to see it opening day with my son and daughter-in-law, now that was great fun.
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