The students rationalized the ages of characters were made older
to allow for the element of romance added to the story. Some of the exaggerated action was deemed necessary for modern movie appeal and expected because of recent movies such as The Hunger Games. They assumed that the importance of the Chief Elder was inflated because the part was played by Meryl Streep.
Students did respond favorably to the use of color in the film and felt that it helped involve the viewer in the story. While they missed the slow build up to the transition ceremony of the book, they agreed that it was probably necessary to move the plot along quickly to build and maintain viewer interest. However, since the movie is only 94 minutes, they surmised that the producers might have been able to use more time to effectively build up to the action.
All in all the students were appreciative of the opportunity to
view the movie right after reading the book for class. The story was fresh in their minds and they were able to make sound judgments in their comparison of the two. The general consensus was that they like the book better, but the movie was ok.