**This post is spoiler-FREE**
As the final bell rang at school last Thursday, I practically mowed down students and staff as I barreled through the corridor to the front door. Burning a hole in my pocket was a red plastic bracelet–my golden ticket–to an early screening of The Hunger Games movie, and no one was going to hold me back with trifling questions about homework assignments or meeting agendas.
To be honest, all week I’d been hovering on the edge of excitement (for the movie) and fear (of a bad adaptation) and could barely contain myself as I zoomed up the Garden State Parkway to the rendezvous point. I met my “Hunger Games” connection (and the rest of his coworkers) and off to the theater we went.
A large crowd was already gathered (at 6:30pm!) for the midnight screenings but our group of 40 or so people were quickly whisked behind the velvet ropes into a theater for our private screening. Of the 40 people in attendance, only a handful had actually read the book–le sigh–and I spent a few minutes giving a quick synopsis to those around me.
At 7pm sharp, the curtains parted and without any fanfare, coming attractions, or annoying commercials, the movie started. I was immediately captivated and the duration of the movie passed in a moment.
My overall opinion of the book-to-movie adaptation was extremely favorable, and I found the casting to be strong. While I didn’t love Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, I think the problem was more my own vision of Trinket rather than Banks herself.
While books on the big screen are rarely perfect, I think that The Hunger Games was a very well done translation and my friend and his co-workers were sold on the story–several are interested in picking up the series!
So, did you make it to a screening of The Hunger Games, or are you sitting this one out?