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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…
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.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
I find the further away this film is viewed from it's initial hype the more enjoyable it is. If my step-daughter keeps forcing me to watch it multiple times a year that might change however. As opposed to her though, it's the older supporting cast that I enjoy as opposed to the younger main cast, with Jennifer Lawrence being the exception of course.
That's nothing new to anyone who enjoys a lot of films though. The likes of Donald Sutherland and Stanley Tucci bring a ray of hope in whatever films they are in. Who else could do the over the top Caesar Flickerman and get away with it other…
Entertaining film, Jennifer Lawrence is as good as always.
I kinda wanted to see more of the political and social reasoning behind the whole affair though, that would have been more interesting in my opinion. Bits of it grated on me, such as summonable, terribly CGI'd dog things and genetically engineered wasps?!?
Overall I think it's worth a watch, that being said I think Battle Royale handles the theme of kids being forced to fight to the death in a better way, along with there are better dystopian films out there, Children of Men being a prime example.
An unsatisfying adaptation. Not a bad movie on it's own, but one that calls for so much more than it is.
not particularly interesting dramatically, and it often makes the Greengrass Bourne films look like paragons of clean action cinematography, but watchable enough whenever Lawrence is just lurking around in the forest trying to survive. I was amused by the fact that the upper class all seem to take their fashion cues from Mugatu.
I understand that many people didn't like this film because of its lack of explanation about certain aspects. But it shouldn't come as a surprise that yet another film fails to be a good adaptation to a book. However, I watched this with someone who read the books so a lot of things we're explained to me -- making it easier for me to enjoy the film. I do suggest reading the books first if you're considering watching the movie. Even though the concept of the Hunger Games is great, it's a movie that was made for a teenage audience which forced it to lose the intensity and drama that it would've possessed had it been made for an adult audience. It was an enjoyable film, but I would've liked to see more drama and desperation amongst the main cast, and less 'Romeo and Juliet' type of romance.
It simply sucks
very good movie
In this shaky cam extravaganza, love finds a way and Josh Hutcherson somehow manages to disguise himself perfectly as a rock with no tools available.
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