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I give this movie 3 out of 4 stars.  I was entertaining but certainly not as entertaining as the books.  Some details were changed from the book.  For example the movie made it seem like Katniss’ little sister Prim was worried and upset about being picked for the games herself. While in the book Prim was more worried about Katniss being picked. The possibility of Prim’s name being chosen wasn’t focused on because her name was only in the reaping bowl one time, whereas Katniss’ was in there over 20 times. They also don’t explain why Katniss’ name was in the bowl so many times or about the tesserae she took out to feed her family.

There were details that were overlooked as well. Katniss’ relationship with Gale was hardly mentioned and they didn’t tell the story of how she learned to be so good at hunting/archery.  They also did not show Katniss’ deafness in one ear after the explosion until she was taken back by the Capitol, where they fixed it.

I am not sure that they could possibly fit all of the excitement that is in the book into a 2 hour movie.  I will certainly be going to see the next one because I love to relive the books. The acting was much better than the first of the Twilight saga, which was pretty much laughable.

If you haven’t read the books yet I recommend that you do!

 

Chelsea

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