[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Hunger Games
May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. The world will be watching.
I should say this movie is probably not meant for me; it is meant for those who read and loved the books. That said, wow, what a piece of shit this was and it's a complete failure as a film for those of us who have not read the books. It is completely humourless, which would be fine if the drama had any sort of impact, but it doesn't and if you are going give this pseudo-Running Man/Fifth Element style to the world and the games, how do you not have anything to lighten things up? I suppose Banks and Tucci were supposed to do that, but their characters were flat and irrelevant (just like everyone else in the film)…
I had a genuinely open mind about this thing. I liked Ross' Pleasantville, I enjoy Jennifer Lawrence. I even rewatched Winter's Bone and Battle Royale to get me amped up for this thing this week.
This is well reviewed? This is going to be massively successful at the box office? Do people need a Twilight alternative so badly that they will embrace this wimpy piece of shit? The script is thoroughly weak, everything feels artificial and stilted, nobody has any chemistry with anyone, it excuses its way out of most of its own violence in some very creatively pathetic ways. Many of its concepts and world-building elements are horribly explained, or not explained at all. And it's without an ounce…
After leaving the theatre I felt confused, annoyed and, above all, bored.
The first question that sprang to mind was: 'Ok, so why are they called The Hunger Games?' This could of course (and probably has) have a lot to do with my limited IQ, but I just missed it I guess. My buddy tried to explain it to me, but he also wasn't really sure. Then someone behind me said: 'It's explained in the books.' Right. I haven't read the books, I went to this film so I don't have to read the books. Could it perhaps be that this film has a really bad script? I mean, what's up with all the food rationing? What's up with all…
"What if everyone just stopped watching?"
The Hunger Games is the worst movie ever!
Katniss is so annoying! Everyone says she's such an empowering female protagonist, but she just whines about having to be a leader and having so many people rely on her. Have some pride, lady! Stand up for yourself for a change!
And Peeta is even worse! Talk about a helpless little brat. Why does Katniss even care about him, anyway? All he does is hide and paint himself like the ground (which, by the way, would be totally impossible). Let's have a real man! Katniss and movie audiences deserve better!
The cinematography is just awful. The camera shakes around all over the place like it drank…
Unlike most reviews I’m going to try and not mention Battle Royale (that doesn’t count) during this review because that film was not the first to explore this concept and The Hunger Games will not be the last. The film has strongly divided opinion (no doubt the record breaking box office has increased expectations for the movie) but I sit somewhere in the middle.
It is tough knowing how to judge a film like this; do you compare it to films in general or other cash-in Young Adult fiction movie adaptations? If it is the former then The Hunger Games comes up a little short. The cast were perfectly decent and Jennifer Lawrence provides some class when traditionally teenage leads…
I'll start this by stating yes I have read The Hunger Games trilogy. I really liked the first and second book, but I found the third to be a bit of a letdown.
Now for my review of the first film. Having read The Hunger Games I was naturally curious if the film would do it justice, and for the most part I would say it's a good adaptation. My biggest issue which was big enough for me to only give the film 3 stars is the extreme lack of character development. You expect details to be left out when a novel is adapted for a film, but there's little to no character development for most of the characters you come to know very well in the novels. It really hurt the overall experience for me, but overall the film was entertaining and worth watching.
Not a bad rewatch, and great when watching it with the series.
So I watched this film. Afterwards, I didn't feel the need to watch the rest.
Not much else to say honestly.
Quando The Hunger Games analizza le logiche dei reality funziona davvero bene. Poi purtroppo la violenza è tutta fuffa, ma questo si sapeva.
There's something inherently contradictory about the glossy and commercialized way this movie portrays its violence against children in the hope of mass popularity. I also feel a huge disconnect between the movie Gary Ross thought he was making and the material he was adapting. The result is a tone that works at first, but falls apart once we get to the Capital and the games begin.
A rare blockbuster that I can get behind for its characters, themes and ideas rather than its spectacle. It's a concept that requires a healthy suspension of disbelief, but if you go with it there's lot to latch onto and contemplate.
Katniss and her relationship with her younger sister is set up quite well,…
What an impactful and moving story about the oppression of the poor by the rich, and the series of events that pits one innocent girl against the whole establishment. Katniss is not your typical hero. She doesn't go into the battle roaring and waving a flag. She is thrown into circumstances without any choice, and through her struggle to survive, she is branded a hero, and an enemy of the state. Even in this fantasy, this is a realistic story. Lawrence and Hutcherson are both brilliant.
The Hunger Games is a good movie marred by substandard direction. The direction in District 12 is distracting -- the residents are so poor they can't even afford a tripod -- and the score misses the emotions it's supposed to be aiming for. The screenplay delivers an incredible amount of tension, and the best thing I can say about Gary Ross' direction is that it doesn't screw up everything. Just enough to make you wish for a different director.
I can understand the desire to visually demonstrate the differences between the districts, but Ross goes too far. The visual style in District 12, primarily influenced by Paul Greengrass, is completely desaturated of color and features all handheld shots. It looks…
Though its PG rating dumbs the violence down to an almost condescending level, The Hunger Games is thrilling, emotional and lingers long after the credits roll.
It's not Battle Royale, but it's not really trying to be. If this film was made with anyone but Jennifer Lawrence, it would have been unwatchable.
Over rated. Still good though
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