Rarely do movie versions of books live up to their print source material. The Hunger Games movie is a huge disappointment compared to the book.
Suzanne Collins wrote the bestseller book and co-wrote the screenplay for the blockbuster movie. She is to be hailed for the former and partially blamed for the latter. If you did not read the book, don’t bother with the movie. You will be confused and wonder what all the hoopla’s about.
If you read the book, do not see the movie. You will be disappointed.
The book is such a wonderful page-turner, it practically reads itself. The movie somehow makes the same story dull, which is a damn shame because Jennifer Lawrence is so good.
I blame the screenplay and the director. What should have been an incredible cinema experience is pedestrian and feels cheap. It lacks pace, pathos, excitement.
Read the book. Maybe some day Hollywood make a picture worthy of the pages, but for now, save your money.