[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 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…
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.
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…
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…
Hotchpotch of genres. This movie tries to mix sci-fi, drama, action, social criticism and effectively alienating audience of every genre. It has its moments and are delivered well, but collectively it raises more questions than it can answer.
Its about the tournament which is held annually. A post modern version of gladiators, fighting for their survival and honor. Since humanity has already see the barbaric tradition otherwise known as the bloodsport, a modern civilisation, no matter how corrupt is not going to do something of that sort. The premise itself is flawed. Long time back, a PC game Unreal Tournament, by Epic Games had this same storyline, and they had the rationale to depict the tournament as virtual war. The…
Ok I've finally seen it. Really quite watchable.
Only disappointment is the pacing collapses toward the end and it's a bit rushed. But yeah, a good flick.
Oh dear lord, the shaky camera...
One of those adaptations that leaves you with the impression that the book probably fleshed things out a lot more and may have been more compelling as a result. Kind of a highlights reel for folk who already know who everyone is.
You know what, read the book not that disappointed. I understand there will be changes from the book to film so I'm usually not that hurt about it.
My biggest problem with the film is...
The book is far more violent and twisted than the film! Perhaps if they hadn't watered down the film so much I wouldn't have felt they were whitewashing over the seriousness of these life and death battles to survive! It's insulting to children and adults alike that the actualities of what is really taking place is being swept under the rug! Then they look down, cross their fingers and hope no one notices!
With that being said I am going to watch part 2 tonight! Let's hope it's more in line with the book and that they ran out of rugs to sweep that nasty thing called reality under!
still horrible, still bland, still uninteresting... still the cinematic equivalent of soda water.
I know that a lot of people like this movie. I know that a lot of people think that this movie is just the ish. I can not agree. For all the hype that I heard about this movie, I was probably one of the few people who avoided the theaters when this came out. I read the books. I liked the books. Yes, it reminded me of Battle Royale, but overall, I enjoyed the trilogy.
I did not enjoy the movie. I thought that a lot of the excitement in the book got watered down in the movie. I understand that a lot of the book can't be added in or you will be sitting there forever, but if Harry Potter can bring the big scenes to the screen, why not The Hunger Games? For me, this was a huge letdown. #sorrynotsorry
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