The Hunger Games (2012)
I finished the book at lunchtime today, and thought as it was my day off that I would head out for a walk and then pop into see the movie. I went to the new Embassy movie theatre in town - they've added two cinemas downstairs which are quite lovely.
I liked the book, enjoyed that it had a strong lead role in Katniss Everdeen and thought that her role was played so well in the movie. I liked that the movie was able to trim a lot of the back story without losing the soul of the movie. You could still tell that the father was gone, the mother had had a melt down, Prim was sensitive and that Katniss and Gale had a special relationship.
I also thought that the movie did a good job of portraying a lot of Katniss's experience, her hallucinations, becoming deaf, the pain of the burns, being chased, being frightened - it was easy to tell that she was experiencing a range of feelings without having to use whiney indie girl singers.
So a 4/5 for this movie that a million bijillion teenage girls, and a few middle aged women will go and see.