In two days, The Hunger Games will hit theaters nationwide. Here at WhatchYAreading, we love the Hunger Games trilogy. We love Katniss, Caitlin and I have exchanged many words over Peeta and Gale, and I think we all cried while reading Mockingjay. With the movie so close to being out and almost all of us seeing it as soon as we can, here are just a few things we’re looking forward to and what we want to see on the screen.
It’s not a big secret around here that I’m not the biggest fan of dystopian novels, but perhaps an unknown fact is that I actually quite enjoy sci-fi/dystopian movies ( don’t even try rationalize that). As I was reading the Hunger Games I kept thinking, “I’m not super into this as a book, but I bet it will make an awesome movie!” I skipped out on reading the rest of the series, but now the movies have begun and I couldn’t be more excited. I think they’ll be action-packed and some of my issues with the novel might be eliminated. I think not being in Katniss’ head will completely change how I think of her and she won’t seem quite as cold, which was perhaps my biggest beef with the books. I love Jennifer Lawrence and I think she will add a whole new dimension to the character. Fingers crossed that I’m right!
There are so many things I want to see and intense feelings I have about this book. I just recently re-read it and fell in love with it all over again. First off, I think Jennifer is going to be a good Katniss. I was skeptical of her casting when it was first announced, but after seeing her in a few movies, I think she’s going to be good. I feel the same about Josh as Peeta. I hope they have chemistry on the screen. I hope the special effects are good, especially for the part at the end. With the movie having a PG-13 rating, I hope they won’t be showing much gore. I know I’ll cry. I don’t care at all about Gale, so the less we see of him, the better. And I absolutely cannot wait to see what they made the Capital look like. I’m just so excited, but I’m trying not to get my expectations too high. Most importantly, I want this movie to be a huge success because I want them to make Catching Fire and Mockingjay just so I can see who they cast as Finnick.
I am both over-the-top excited and so intensely worried. Through a strange twist of fate I will now be seeing this movie on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. And I’m just so afraid that it’s going to be horrible and I’m going to be so upset and I’m going to have it shoved in my face over and over again. I want to cry and get as emotionally involved with these people as I was in the book. I want to love this movie. I’m really, really glad that I have seen next to nothing of the actually Games in the trailers and pre-released clips and such. The violence and strategy and just plain old crazy stuff that happens in the book is what I am most looking forward to in the movie and I really hope they have gotten it right. I hope it’s bleak and horrible and looks like children killing children even though most of the cast is in their 20s. Either way, I’m glad I’m going in to the movie with some reservations about the way it looks and what I’ve seen, because this gives it a better chance to blow me away. Which I really, really hope it does!