[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.
"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…
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.
I had written some notes for this review and then my Chromebook just decided to restart and I lost them and that means I dislike this film even more now.
The Hunger Games really is an incredibly tedious and lazy excuse for a film. That's even before I get started on the running time, but I think this film could have been an hour shorter and it still would have dragged on and been crap. There really wasn't a single aspect to this film, outside of Jennifer Lawrence's good but hardly amazing performance, that reveals to me what all the fuss is about here.
It's an incredibly derivative story in every single…
It was sweet man
What tends to get lost beneath the J-Law hype, the sense of a studio trying to hit on the next big post-POTTER/TWILIGHT YA franchise, and the ridiculously overstated resemblance to BATTLE ROYALE, is how brilliantly entertaining this all is.
Yes, this is a dystopian-future actioner with all the clichés that implies (this resembles ROLLERBALL and THE RUNNING MAN more than BATTLE ROYALE), but the world-building is effective, if a bit oversimplified, and the design is exquisite. The Imperial Roman elements are the most obvious, but there are some nice touches of Soviet Constructivism as well.
Gary Ross turns out to be the right director for the material: he knows how to direct both exposition and action effectively, and the pacing…
"I'm not allowed to bet, but if I could, I'd bet on you." (Cinna to Katniss Everdeen)
So here comes my real review, after the very short one I've done before.
First let me tell you how I became aware of the Hunger Games franchise. I think I first casually read on it on my favorite movie blog, but they weren't really emotional about it, and what they wrote didn't draw my attention. What did draw my attention was when Isabelle Fuhrman, who plays the very small role of Clove, and whom I loved in the starring role in the movie "Orphan", tweeted about being cast in the movie in May or June 2011. She shared a link that I…
Please refer to my Divergent Review to understand why I hate this flick. Hint: Wrong Marketed Gender.
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Great adaptation. I wish we could have spent more time developing the relationships but considering the time involved, they did a great job with this. Jennifer Lawrence was amazing, as always. The casting for this film could not have been better. I'm really blown away by the individual performances.
Despite some iffy effects and camera choices, this is a strong start to a quality sci-fi franchise, and like the best classic sci-fi, it actually has something to say.
3/10: Another Twillight-esque teen drama action. Yawn fest for me...
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