When a book is adapted for the movies, one has to take what the author thinks of the cinematic version with a grain of salt. Still, it’s always nice for them, their fans and the studio when they give it their stamp of approval.
Suzanne Collins, author of “The Hunger Games” and its two sequels, did just that on Thursday (Mar. 1) via an open letter to her readers on the official “Hunger Games” Facebook page.
I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.
Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.
And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.
So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate.
I hope you enjoy the film!
Good to hear. Not that anything could keep us from attending “The Hunger Games” opening weekend at this point. After all, nothing about this production has been as egregious as when Tom Cruise was cast as Lestat in “Interview With the Vampire.”