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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 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…
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)…
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…
A good film that was more enjoyable when watched for the second time. Good pace although you can't help but feel the whole idea is blatantly stolen from Battle Royale.
I came to Hunger Games with a magnanimous and indulgent attitude, confident that it would be dismissed by the general public as adolescent dreck, like Twilight was. You see, I wasn't all that appalled by Twilight. It was exactly what I expected it to be: a weird fakey music video movie. But for all that, I didn't find it brazenly offensive either. I even thought the Twilight hate was a little hysterical, even found myself on the verge of defending it at times. This is why when I first watched Hunger Games, I almost liked it. I thought, "Here I go. I'm gonna get to play contrarian all over again. Get ready, society."
Little did I realize that people absolutely, unironically, unashamedly, LOVE this piece of shit movie! Otherwise intelligent people are fucking stupefied by this turd!
It's Battle Royale for cowards and don't let anyone tell you different. Wake up, America.
I haven't read the books. I'm not a big YA literature fan, there are books for grown ups I want to read, I'm not interested so this isn't a comment on the books at all. Ok?
This is a good film. It isn't great. I have no idea why they need to do the games, and if the answer is in the book then that sucks. I haven't seen the sequel yet, but I will maybe it says something in that, something to do with a war and food shortages and the country is divided into districts but I'm not sure how that came about except it just did. There is this salute thing they do with 3 fingersut I don't know why. Anyway, I'll watch the sequel. Quite entertaining good action film.
i like this quite a bit actually. this will have been the 3rd or 4th time i have seen it and it still holds up. the mix of normal teen themes (love triangles of course) with some fairly horrific ideas (for this audience anyway) are handled pretty perfectly. teen oriented content done really well.
Complete and utter Kack. Is it hard to make a movie about a tournament? Especially when you have ripped off the idea from another film. You know who is going to be left at the end five minutes in. I think the film is about 3 hours long and nothing seems to happen. The biggest mystery of all is how the little man managed to blend himself into the rocks so well? Laughable! How the franchise is still going I never know.
Surprisingly decent, despite the fucking annoying shaky camera. After rewatching Battle Royale at the weekend I didn't think this would hold up to much scrutiny but it seems like "a load of teenagers kill each other in some woods" is a plot that is generally going to appeal to me. There's so many close-ups of feet in the first half that I wondered whether it was stealth-directed by Quentin "feet" Tarantino.
Odd fact: my mum loves this film.
The hunger games... A worth film to watch...My credits goes to the writer of the film to think a story like this...while you watching such boring fantasy films this will definitely be refreshing film for fantasy film lovers...And the casting was nice especially for preferring jen lawrence then the cinematography was very nice for presenting the visuals amazingly...and also good at close up shots..then the screenplay was good and editing was nice not irritating us by fast cuts and then when consider some faults means in the end of the first half their training session i thought its been too long..hmmm..yeah but its very good entertainer...go and watch :)
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