[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, this was 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) and I think a lot of it…
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 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…
Demonstrates in the first 5 minutes exactly what went wrong with the suffocating voice-over drudgery of Divergent.
2013 movie viewings, #48, and the biggest surprise of the year -- what I thought was going to be "The Most Dangerous Game" with sexy teens turned out to be one of the smartest and most thrilling YA novels I've ever read, adapted here by Gary Ross ("Pleasantville") in the quiet, powerful, highly visual style of a Terrance Malick or Andrew Dominik film. One of my favorite movies of the last year, which shocks me more than anyone.
The first installment of The Hunger Games was well told. The story is close to the book and Jennifer Lawrence is doing her best with the role given to her. In the books Cat doesn't show or talk about her feelings. Jennifer Lawrence still managed to show the audience what she was feeling, without showing what she was feeling. But then we all know by know, that she is a wonderful actress.
The pacing is very good and the adaption all in all was well done.
The film is a bit of a slow burning and there is a lot of shaky cam...But this is a good movie and Jennifer Lawrence is great.
Battle Royale with cheese.
...a film more than entertainment. It juggles a lot of elements that was introduced properly, making it watchable not just once. It's exciting, suspenseful and packed with political and social commentary.
Personally the best hunger games reason being all the rest of them are just a bunch of story line witch i found quite boring.
i didn't like it as much as the sequels
Lazy rainy Sunday, $3 on Amazon Video? Why not.
Better than I expected to be honest! Except for the monster dogs, I still haven't figured that out.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
book to movie adaptations. i've read and watched all of these.
(some came from graphic novels/plays)
will update frequently b/c…