The Hunger Games is one of my all time favourite trilogy/series. EVER. So when I heard that there will be a movie, I was sooooooooooo excited! I immediately discussed with my friends who should play who. We were actually all rooting for Kaya Scodelario to play the role or Katniss. We were so sure that she’ll get the role.
But when the cast list was released, we found out that Jennifer Lawrence would play Katniss, Josh Hutcherson would play the role of Peeta, Alexander Ludwig would play the role of Cato, and so much more…. I wouldn’t say that we were not disappointed at first because we thought that some other actors could have played the roles better… but eventually we learned to accept it.
Months later, photos of the ongoing shooting was released and eventually, videos. That definitely got us excited. We saw that maybe for once, there would be a movie that’s exactly like the book. We also realised that the cast was also really good. We had countdowns and the like because we couldn’t wait until March 21 and 22, the premiere dates of The Hunger Games in the Philippines.
The day finally came and all of us were trying to convince our parents to let us watch on the premiere days. I watched the last full screening last night and oh my god, I could NOT stay still. I was moving and changing my seating position like crazy!! When they released the trailers, we thought it will be just like the book, but when I watched the movie, it was somewhat like the book… but nonetheless, it was great despite the “Why didn’t they include that part!” scenes.
The movie is a little more than 2 hours and I honestly think that you should all watch it. I’d highly recommend it for those who actually read the book — you have to watch it. And for those who didn’t read the book, well you can give it a go, it’s really interesting even if most parts are quiet… but then eventually you have to read the book because the books are A+++++ books.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
As I said earlier, we thought Kaya Scodelario would be the best Katniss… but Jennifer Lawrence was also amazing. I saw her previous movies, and I thought she was a great actress. So when I finally got to watch the The Hunger Games last night, I saw that she was also good. It was also a good thing that she loved the series so she really was able to portray the role well.
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
When we saw the cast list, our first question was why? Why did they choose Josh Hutcherson? I mean he is one of the most talented actors we know but as Peeta?? We they could have chosen a better Peeta…. But after last night, we took it back. I watched some interviews of the cast before watching the movie, and I learned that Josh Hutcherson really wanted to play Peeta especially because he loves the book. And in the movie, he was amazing. He played the role of Peeta very well. Even if we first thought Callan McAuliffe or Hunter Parish could have been a better Peeta, Josh did great and in my opinion, this is one of his best movies.
Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorn
We never really thought Liam Hemsworth would be the best Gale… never…. but after watching the movie I think he did okay as Gale! He was able to portray the District 12 boy role well and he was able to convince everyone that he liked Katniss that way even if they did not read the book.
Alexander Ludwig as Cato
When I read the book, I imagined Cato, the boy tribute from District 2, as someone who is big, muscular, intimidating, and really weird looking. And Alexander Ludwig didn’t let me down. Well except for the “weird looking” part because damn son he is hot. He played the role well and he was great!
Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
She was amazing. I was totally convinced that she was happy when she’s suppose to be happy and that she was really one of those Capitol people. Her outfit and make-up was exceptional too.
Check out the full cast list here!
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