Like the title says, I generally liked to movie better than the novel. Two things that bugged me about the book was a) how exposition
heavy it was, and b) Katnissí rather prevalent Protagonist Centered Morality
So in the movie, instead of having to read several (slightly unnecessary) pages about how Katnissí dress or hair or food looks like, I can just watch it. Easy. Some scenes have also been shortened, such as the rather long and boring cave scene with Peeta, and a lot of pre-game material. Also, I donít actually have to hear Katnissís thoughts here, which I thought was an improvement.
I do think they could have used this opportunity to develop the other tributes just a bit more in order to actually make me care for the faceless/unnamed kids that just got killed
. Still, the movie, like the novel, is mainly tied to Katnissí perspective so I suppose it makes sense. I did however like that they added a slight Not So Different
approach to some of the tributes (such as Foxface and even Cato). The book was rather: Career = Complete Monster
, which I thought was oversimplifying matters.
Some things I missed from the books was the explanation of the mockingjay and the fact that Peeta came off a rather shallow, not just as a love interest (which is pretty much the point of their relationship, itís an act) but as a character. Even Rue left a much stronger impression on me.
I still find it quite implausible that the games have lasted for 75 years without any major rebellions, especially with the Capitol being so Obviously Evil
and all, but hey, itís fiction
All in all, itís a good movie, based on a good novel. Not the best Iíve seen this year, and definitely not the worst. Iíll be waiting for the sequel(s).
(If you find any spelling/grammar fail, do tell).