[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.
Action-packed with decent performances from the leads.
What I still like about this film three years on:
The unsettling atmosphere director Gary Ross' indie sensibilities writ large on a blockbuster budget conjures, opening up a channel for all sorts of food for thought through an assortment of rapid jump cuts, low Dutch angles and garishly tight close-ups.
How it differs from Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale not merely because of the classification but rather because of the questions it asks - what would have to happen to prompt this scenario in real life, how complicit would those uninvolved be, how would those involved cope with their presumably sealed fates? Hollywood may have whitewashed the protagonists but Suzanne Collins' subtext remains mostly intact, the poverty of District 12 in…
Embora tenha algumas fugas à narrativa original, o argumento mantém-se fiel q.b. àquela e é nisso que mais ganha.
De resto, anota-se que, a par com Winter's Bone, a Jennifer Lawrence tem duas das melhores prestações como «irmã do camandro» no cinema recente.
O cast e a realização surpreendentemente competentes fazem o resto.
[tudo isto é parcial porque sou a modos que fangirl do livro]
Shaky cam filled film is bound to please fans.
I was really surprised by this. No, Jennifer Lawrence shouldn't be playing Katniss (and Josh Hutcherson is rather miscast, although not in the same way she is), but this makes for a much more compelling movie than the perfunctorily written (albeit entertaining enough) books--which makes sense, given that they were designed from the start to be movies. The opening worked so well. Strong performances from an excellent Elizabeth Banks (these movies do quite a good job of balancing the poor dystopia aesthetics with the Capitol shit; something about the way they're shot really makes the 'Effie Trinket goes to District 12' stuff look so out of place but in such an effective way, because that could very easily get sloppy;…
Although it's derivative (let's be honest with ourselves) and the excessive amount of shaky-cam can get annoying, The Hunger Games is an intense and skillfully paced adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novel, with terrific performances, a good story, interesting characters, and strong visuals.
Sorry, I couldn't resist any longer...
Conduzido de maneira impressionante pelo diretor Gary Ross, Jogos Vorazes surpreende ao criar de maneira cuidadosa o cenário e mundo fantasioso(com várias referências que podem ser empregadas em nosso cotidiano) da obra de Suzanne Collins, tendo uma primeira metade espetacular, onde cada passo escolhido por Ross, em conjunto com os roteiristas, é fundamental no desenvolvimento dos personagens centrais e de pequenos “estilhaços” da real trama – ainda não totalmente revelada – de Jogos Vorazes.
Mesmo que encontre uma barreira em sua metade final e clímax (a condução do romance e desfecho final é ineficaz) Jogos Vorazes é suficientemente tenso e bem dirigido para justificar seu sucesso.
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