Girl on Fire Comes to Film

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“Katniss, the girl who was on fire!”
-The Hunger Games

“Katniss, the girl who was on fire!”
-The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen, beloved sixteen year old heroine, is in film! The bestselling book, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, has now been made into a movie. Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale, this is a movie you won’t want to miss!

The Hunger Games is a great story, both in print and onscreen. You do not need to have read the book to see the movie at all. It is very clear, and easily understandable. This is a haunting story that you will never forget, whether you read it, watch it, or both. The film really added a new angle to the book. It helps show you how terrible Katniss’s society really is.

The movie follows the book very closely; almost everything is the same except for a few minor scenes and details. For example, there is no Madge in the movie, and, while this seems like a major change, it really does not affect the plotline all that much. The movie is 2 hours and 22 minutes long, and these scenes and details had to be omitted to fit that time length.

This movie is rated PG-13 for a reason. It is not gratuitously violent or bloody, but, since it follows the book so closely in this aspect, there is still a large amount of gore. The cameras flip through the violent scenes very fast, however, without lingering on bloodiness. I would recommend definitely twelve and up for this movie, however if you can’t handle blood, this movie is not for you. There was also very brief, minor language.

Even having read the books, I was still on the edge of my seat, muscles tensed, throughout the whole movie. Just like the book, it’s very dramatic and emotional, maybe more so for some, because you are seeing it. If you cried while reading the book, expect to cry during the movie, even though you know what’s going to happen. The scenes of the deaths and the reaping were especially emotional.

I would recommend this movie to anyone over twelve who’s non-squeamish. This is a wonderful movie, with great actors/actresses, a great plotline, romance, and lots of action. If you’ve read the book, I’d definitely go see it, and if you haven’t, the movie will make you want to read it. It’s still worth reading, because the book is in first-person, and that’s hard to capture in a film. This movie gets 5 out of 5 mockingjays. So, may the odds be ever in your favor as you watch the girl on fire for the fist time.