It seems that when Hollywood is adapting books, authors are either entirely absent from the process or really gung-ho about the movie. So, you take it with a grain of salt when an author comes forward to push what a great experience it was, like when Something Borrowed author Emily Giffin wrote a guest column in the same issue of Entertainment Weekly that awarded her movie a D+.
Now that we have our cynical caps on, I’m here to tell you that yesterday the official Hunger Games Facebook page posted this message from Suzanne Collins, telling fans that she’s seen the movie and that director Gary Ross did a wonderful job.
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!
You know how she mentioned Snow’s rose garden? It just so happens that yesterday Entertainment Weekly posted some new photos from the film, including this one:
Some fans are calling bullshit, saying that she had no choice but to say nice things, but I’m inclined to think that Suzanne is telling the truth. Every clip and trailer that we’ve seen so far seems to uphold the spirit of the books and has translated most of Suzanne’s characters and tropes to the big screen. Nothing seems “Hollywood-ized,” not even the much-contested casting decision of Lenny Kravitz as Cinna or small changes like the mockingjay pin and losing the character of Madge.
Plus, Collins is an executive producer, so she stands to lose out if the movie doesn’t do well. I think her message comes from a genuine place, and now I’m more excited for March 23rd! What do you guys think?
Photo: Todd Plitt/courtesy of Scholastic