I don’t know what I expected when the movie started. I do know I wasn’t expecting to feel like I was reading the book all over again. But that’s what I felt.
“The Hunger Games” is a great book and a pretty darn good movie. If you read the book, the movie will not disappoint. If you haven’t read the book, but the movie looks interesting to you, I think you will still like it. In other words, you don’t need to have read the book to get it. It’s that good.
Since the only midnight showings I’ve ever gone to were for the Twilight movies, I was used to a theatre filled with young teeny-bopper girls (and their mothers). This crowd had a lot more male members in the audience. Let me clarify: male members who were not “dragged” by their girlfriends. Big difference.
We got to the theatre early (because my daughter is picky where she sits and wants to make sure she has THAT seat – she compares herself to Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory” in this regard) and I don’t mind the early arrival. Gives me time to read. Of course, it’s not always easy when people are talking, but I managed to nearly finish a book I had just started at lunch that day (I think I’m now on schedule to meet my reading goal for the year – yay!).
My next midnight premier will be in November, for “Breaking Dawn, Part 2”, of which they showed a very very small teaser in the movie previews last night. Just enough to whet our appetites. Also saw previews for “Dark Shadows” (oh yes, I am so going to see that!) and “Snow White and The Huntsman” (yep, that one, too). I have a feeling the movie industry will be getting more of my money this year than they had in years’ past. Too many coming out I want to see. I hope I find the time.