I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.
Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.
And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.
So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate.
I hope you enjoy the film!
Annnddd THG is on the cover of this week's EW:
Details from the books that have been cut in the movie:
Madge: Jacobson says that “you have so little time to establish these characters. So if Madge has to get thrown under the bus so you can make sure that an audience who hasn’t read the books understands the devotion between Katniss and Prim, then that’s what you do.”
Focus on Avoxes: Director Gary Ross explains “we have Avoxes, but we don’t digress in the film. I think it’s a wonderful way to populate the world, but there are just certain [cutbacks] that have to happen.”
Focus on the prep team: Octavia, Flavius and Venia are all in the movie but we won’t really get to know them. Jacobson says “we agreed that the main thing is to establish Cinna. So we had to sort of borrow from Peter to pay Paul!”
Capitol gadgets: Gadgets like food automators won’t be shown. Jacobson explains “we didn’t want the Capitol to appear too fanciful. It has to appear ominous and threatening. The Capitol has to be a mind-blowing experience, but it can’t be Whoville.”
And re: the music, Taylor Swift told EW:
“one of [soundtrack supervisor T Bone Burnett]‘s objectives was to make Appalachian music 300 years from now-what Americana and bluegrass music would turn into in the future.”
New still of Snow & Crane:
Source: EW, HungerGamesMovie.org