[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…
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…
How I wish this movie was better. It has a really good premise - a bunch of teenagers fighting to death - but it's poorly executed.
Gee... So many questions! I would guess there are answers in the books, but they must make the movie clear enough to the people that didn't read them. I suppose any writer knows that, it's called "making a good adapted screenplay".
There's so many background history lacking! "War, terrible war" it's not an explanation. What happened that now a country is divided in 12 districts and a Capitol? Why people from the districts starve to death and work like slaves while the people from the Capitol are rich and use stupid and silly clothes…
I'm starting to see what all the fuss is about, but something still fails to pull me in.
Full review and analysis on GTGC episode 82.
I like this better than I liked it when I saw it in theatres. It still not perfect and its not better than the sequel, buts it is an excellent film.
Connection to previous movie - Woody Harrelson
I thought this was decent. A little slow at the beginning but overall I enjoyed it.
Let the game's begin.the huger games. this movie is based on a book now it's a movie.okay how was this movie well the story is good the acting is good and the story is about 2 districts, each year the Capital holds the Hunger Games. Two young tributes from each district must fight to the death and viewing is mandatory. When Katniss Everdeen takes her sisters place as a tribute, it will catapult her and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark into a dark, dangerous world where they will have to use every advantage in order to survive.
An attempt to switch “The Hunger Games” into “Katniss Everdeen” would be very lame. You couldn’t think of the film without thinking of Katniss; and too you can’t imagine Katniss without having a fixed thought on the movie either. The two artistic creations are impossibly separable from each other, just like United States of America and her idea on democracy. I think it is fair to purchase an opinion that “The Hunger Games” series starts on a high note. The first instalment of an ambitious 4-movies series is far from being weak or ineffective. Although it stayed with its flawed points, “The Hunger Games” is still completely decent.
Set in a dystopian future in the nation of Panem. Panem is…
I didn't quite enjoy this as much as I thought I would, but then maybe this film wasn't made for me.
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