As I mentioned in my last post, I read The Hunger Games a couple of weeks ago. Today, I went to see the film. I thought it was pretty good, especially as it stayed fairly true to the book. This is fairly understandable, given that Suzanne Collins co-wrote the script, but it's still nice to see. They did combine a few events sometimes, but the story flowed well. I liked the way that we got to see outside the Games to the control room and commentators, just to break it up a bit.
The story, however, is horrible. Clearly I knew the story before I saw the movie, and I knew the basic story before I read the book, and I know it's fiction, but I honestly felt sick to my stomach watching it this afternoon, and considered walking out of the cinema. Because seriously, a book/ movie about children killing each other? Awful.
"I was channel surfing between reality TV programming and actual war coverage when Katniss's story came to me. One night I'm sitting there flipping around and on one channel there's a group of young people competing for, I don't know, money maybe? And on the next there's a group of young people fighting an actual war. And I was tired, and the lines began to blur in this very unsettling way, and I thought of the story." - Suzanne Collins (from the back of my copy of the book).
I saw Titanic in 3D in Sydney on Tuesday though; that was glorious and I cried. Sydney update coming soon :)