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You can win ‘Hunger Games’ movie poster

UPDATE: Here are the winners of “The Hunger Games” posters:

Large posters: Kyle, Lauren.

Mini posters: Christian, Dominic, Trisha, Jennifer, Haley P.

UPDATE: Now that more of you have seen the movie, post your reviews in the comments. Deadline is noon Tuesday.

ORIGINAL POST, 3/22: “The Hunger Games” opens at 12:01 tonight and thousands of locals have purchased tickets to be among the first to see the film based on the Suzanne Collins book. There are still tickets available but they are going fast.

My review ran in today’s Fresno Bee. Now I want to hear what you have to think about the movie. Send me your review as a comment to this blog item. You don’t have to write a novel but tell me why you did — or did not — like the film.

From those who submit a review, a random drawing will be made to give away two (2) full size and five (5) mini “The Hunger Games” posters. That means seven winners will get a rare souvenir of the movie starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Post your review no later than noon March 27. Winners will have until 4 p.m. March 30 to pick up their prize. You must come to the Fresno Bee offices, 1626 E St., to pick up the poster. They will not be mailed.

Good luck and let the games begin.

Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. Winners will be picked at random. Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "You can win ‘Hunger Games’ movie poster"

Christian Sarakintzis says:

The movie was fantastic. It really made you feel as if you were in the movie. Now, there’s a bad side to everything. In this case, its what was in the books that they left out of the movie. No Peeta getting operated on with Katniss screaming for him. No drunk Haymitch falling over. The cave scene was somewhat short instead of how deep and interesting it was in the movie. They left out some good stuff. But nonetheless. It was fantastic. Definitely looking forward to Catching Fire.

Emily says:

I absolutely loved the books, and especially the movie!!! The only thing that I didn’t like about the movie is that it left out a few parts that are in the book. I loved the choice in what actor/actress was playing what character. Overall I loved the books and movie!!! :D

Trisha says:

I enjoyed the movie! I was so happy I was one of those people at the midnight premiere! I am definitely glad I read the book before though. As with any book turned movie, there are things they left out, but I still enjoyed it! I liked the way they filmed, the acting was wonderful and the setting was absolutely wonderful! Jennifer Lawrence was phenomenal!

Liz says:

The movie was very good; however, I was a bit disappointed in crucial plot points left out especially at the end of the film after the game ends. It was never brought up how Katniss finally admits to Peeta right before arriving back to District 12 that she was playing up the romance in order to survive. I feel like that is crucial, especially leading into the next movie. One thing I really enjoyed was the casting. Even Lenny Kravitz, who at first seemed like an odd choice, was perfect.

Ashanti says:

I loved the movie and the book also the character. I loved everything about the movie.There is not one thing i didn’t like about the movie.I like how katniss is determined. I like how Peeta is romantic and creative.

Team Peeta all the way!!!!!

Lauren Adams says:

I believe the movie did the book justice in this case when watching the film. The setting/scenery was believable and suitable to the book and the acting was phenomenal. Much like Hugo, the movie was a success. Jennifer Lawrence was perfect as playing Katniss Everdeen, and may the odds be ever in your favor! I HIGHLY and STRONGLY recommend anybody to see the movie. :D

Kris_gee says:

I think this film is one of the best Book-to-Movie translations I’ve seen. The actors made really great choices, especially Jennifer Lawrence. She made Katniss out to be exactly who I imagined, tough and likeable. Josh Hutcherson’s simple choices for Peeta, such as tiny looks or glances, spoke volumes. The changes they made to quicker advance the movie plot were cleverly made, especially scenes outside of The Games. Wildly entertaining for the full 2 and half hours. I enjoyed seeing someone else’s Hunger Games “world” compared to the one I imagined while reading. I hope they get started on “Catching Fire” screenplay soon!

Dominic says:

I loved it! Went with a group of friends for the midnight premiere and we dressed up as tributes. I felt it was well adapted from the fantastic series of books (which I’m almost done reading), was well edited and well acted with some awesome costumes. It was very true to the book and similar to what I imagined while reading with only subtle differences from the novel. I loved the added scenes that showed you what was happening in the “real world” and control room while the games were going on. Will definitely be seeing it again soon.

Kevin Linder says:

I really enjoyed the movie and also enjoyed the books. Jennifer Lawrence did a great job as Katniss in my opinion. I liked how they captured the people’s attitudes during the reaping. Completely silent, no clapping or any other kind of celebration except the 3 finger salute to show unity among themselves. It’s the first time the audience is introduced to the discord the districts have with the Capitol. Great movie.

Jennifer Pena says:

This movie lived up to my expectations! Gary Ross did such an amazing job translating the book to the big screen. And every single actor was fantastic. Jennifer Lawrence really captured Katniss’s persona and really made me feel every emotion she felt. I thought some of the CGI work could have been a bit better but it was still pretty amazing to see. I’ve already seen the film twice. That’s how much I enjoyed it. I definitely recommend for people to watch it! And also read the books! :)

Jennifer says:

Great movie. Read the trilogy quite a while ago and have been out of the pop culture loop for a few months (new baby) so I haven’t seen any press or even the trailer leading up to the movie. Didn’t expect much from a “young adult” novel turned movie but I was truly impressed. I thought it was so well shot and acted, the 2 1/2 hours flew by.

Amanda Castro says:

I liked the movie but was still disappointed as well. I did read the books and I know that they can’t fit a lot into the movie but I do believe that there was at least a couple of scenes that should have been put in. I will still see it again and even buy the movie!!

Tim says:

My wife and kids read the book, I had not, but I decided to join them to see the movie anyways. Fortunately they had told me a little about the story or I might have been a little confused about some of the details, but not completely lost. I enjoyed the action and different storyline, it certainly kept me interested. It still seamed there could have been more explanation about District 12 and its poverty lifestyle, but overall I enjoyed and would be interested in seeint the follow up films. It was definitly better than those vampire fils.

Haley P. says:

I really enjoyed the movie! I was let down at some of the parts though! :( I thought the special effects could of been better and they added some scenes that were not in the book! Which is a big no no for me. I thought the acting was stellar though! The shaking camera angles also bothered me at parts, I was getting headaches. Other than that though I am looking forward to the next installments.

stephen abbas says:

Let down is what I would say the feeling I left with. I liked the movie and was not mad that I spent 11 bucks on it. But I felt they could have done sooooo much more to the movie to make it a better experience. I think the fault they did was trying to fit so much of the book in the movie. They could have made it longer to add more scenes (it didnt feel like a 2 and half hour movie). But there was no real character development, I didnt feel anything for them. I think they have the makings of a really really awesome trilogy, if they play their cards right. The movie was good, I would recommend it, just dont expect allot, and you will like it.

Kyle says:

Like many of the previous reviews, I also enjoyed the book-to-movie adaptation. Possibly the best adaptation I have seen, at least since “Holes” in 2003. Many of my praises reiterates other reviews, but I would like to come to the defense of an issue that viewers had with the movie: the shaky camera. I felt this stylistic approach helped enforce the movie’s goal of creating a disjointed society. The camera was much shakier in District 12 and The Hunger Games itself. The camera movements paralleled the smoothness and sophistication of the capitol, compared to a rugged atmosphere of other settings in the movie. Great movie with a strong focus on acting– something that has been sorely missed in recent adolescent literature movie adaptations.

Kassandra says:

I have yet to see the movie because I just started the book. I’d like to compare when I’m done. I’m so excited! I hear it’s amazing.

Kris_gee says:

I will gladly take one if someone doesn’t claim!!! :)

Vicente says:

I loved the book as well as the movie. The book had some differences from the movie but that was the thing that maid it all so amazing. The book was amazing out of this world as well as the movie. The movie maid me feel like if I was the tributes and I was fighting. It was astanashing and I can’t wait to watch catching fire when it’s firs comes out. Me and my friends are already trying to get tickets for the first premier of catching fire I already finished reading all the books and I hope more books come out. <3