The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins’ best-selling, dystopian YA novel, made its silver screen debut on March 23 after much anticipation. We were lucky enough to catch the flick a few days early thanks to our friends at Alliance Films. Held at the Scotiabank Theatre, the Canadian premiere was something you had to see to believe – an orange red carpet lined with creepy-looking Peacekeepers, hundreds of eager fans queued up for a sneak peek and, most excitingly, Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Cato (Alexander Ludwig) in town to introduce the film (see below).
We aren’t surprised that The Hunger Games has taken top honours at the box office two weekends in a row, with no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re team Peeta or team Gale – which, by the way, is the new Edward vs. Jacob – there’s no disputing the fact that Jennifer Lawrence is SO badass as Katniss Everdeen. She’s inspired us to wear side braids daily and look into some summertime archery classes.
We won’t get too much into the plot, as we don’t want to give away any spoilers to the 4 readers who may not have seen it yet, but wanted to share some of our thoughts on the film:
- Woody Harrelson was a pitch perfect Haymitch. Though far more sober than portrayed in the book, Harrelson really pulled off Haymitch’s off-beat persona. We’re looking forward to seeing how his character develops.
- How cool did all the citizens of the Capitol look? I mean, sure, they like to watch children murder each other on TV, but damn, they have some crazy style going on. We keep lurking on this killer Tumblr for more Capitol fashion insight.
- When Katniss volunteers as tribute on behalf of Prim? GOOSEBUMPS. Even thinking about it now, we get chills.
- When Lenny Kravitz was cast as Cinna we were a little skeptical (and no, not because he’s black). However, we’re happy to say we were wrong! Kravitz’s Cinna was more understated than we’d anticipated… and that’s a good thing. We always like being surprised by casting.
Overall, the film did a wonderful job of adapting our beloved book. We’re already counting down till Catching Fire comes to theatres, but until then “May the odds be ever in your favour.“