I didn’t understand all the hype when it first was announced that this book series would be turned into a movie, and then I picked up the first book… I devoured it within a day. It’s one of those books that you can not put down. The premise is pretty much Battle Royale meets Big Brother.
I’m still not sure if a movie adaption is going to work though. What I loved about the book was that you get to see Katniss’ thoughts about every decision she makes. She knows she’s being constantly watched and it’s the internal conflict about whether or not to manipulate people that was the most interesting to me. I have no idea how and even if that is going to come across on the screen.
So now that a first trailer has come out, what do we think of it?
Some of the actors I think they’ve cast spot on (Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson). Others I’m not too sure about. Lenny Kravitz as Cinna looks great, even though I always pictured Cinna as Cillian Murphy. And Josh Hutcherson as Peeta… I’m still not convinced.
They’re staying very true to the book, but I’m not too sure that’s a good thing. The characters from the Capital are a bit over-the-top (pink hair, curled moustaches, etc) and seem a bit too comical for me. I was hoping they would tone that part a bit down, but it looks like they’re sticking to exactly what is in the book.
I’m curious to see how the movie goes; it’s definitely something I’ll be watching in the cinema. I still have that nagging feeling though that this shouldn’t have be turned into a movie. What do you think? Have you read the books? Do you like the trailer?