[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…
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 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…
"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…
Si no se tomara tan en serio a sí misma, sería mucho más divertida, con esos trajes y peinados tan ridículos y esos putos nombres que lleva la peña. ajjajajajaj. Joder el futuro qué cosa más chunga será.
now I am 100% certain that my hatred of shakycam started here
My one and only time I watched this back in 2012, I wasn't that impressed. It had potential for greatness which has since saw the franchise blossom over the last three years with three sequels raking in the cash as well as decent reviews. With the last film due in the cinema imminently, I thought I might give it another go.
The Hunger Games has been a phenomenon, both as a book and as a film franchise, but this first chapter in the story still doesn't entirely convince me. I still had the same issues. Not violent enough, for a young adult film it isn't sexy enough either, and at times I found it just a little dull. Jennifer Lawrence…
A good start, but ultimately disappointing on a second viewing. For one, the first third is completely un-watchable due to the shaky cam. Even the acting is good, but not great. I did like the score a lot, and the film moves along at a good pace. It's better than what people thought it would be in '12, but not as good as I remembered.
This movie had bigger potential than it pulled off. Not for lack of script, I think, but because of the director. Having read the books, I followed it well, where as I can see why those who hadn't read the books were a bit confused. The transitions and storytelling was choppy and incomplete. The camera work was all over the place, so most times it was hard to tell what was going on. The scenes/content were there, but wasn't as satisfying since trying to see it unfold was a struggle. Technical issues aside, the cast was perfect, stayed true and held up to the book and Katniss(which I'd hoped) came off as more likable with a tough exterior, instead of a bitch. I'm glad there was a new director for the remaining films, he did an amazing job.
Al tercer flashback a una escena vista diez minutos antes pensé que mi, ejem, copia de seguiridad, estaba defectuosa. Pero no. Ni el continuó movimiento de cámara es porque fuera un screening. Al parecer lo hicieron así aposta, a saber por qué.
Por lo demás la película se deja ver pero tengo dos problemas con ella: el primero es que los Juegos en si son mucho menos espectaculares de lo que deberían, se quedan muy cortos. El segundo, más grave, es que pasan de puntillas sobre toda la trama política que es lo que parece que podría tener algún interés.
Hmm, well, I'm impressed. This has all the markings of a scifi classic, and strongly reminds me both of Logans Run, Running Man and the Fifth Element. The over-the-top costume design is something rarely done these days, and certainly brings character! All in all this didn't feel like the run-of-the-mill Hollywood YA scifi I'd expected at all. The stupidity of the story is very well masked by limited information, while still doing some decent worldbuilding in the background. A fine film!
The weakest out of the three. Starts strong but loses steam as it progresses. Some scenes lack impact and pacing seems off.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The “finale” of the The Hunger Games trilogy-in-four-parts is coming-up soon, and my local cinema screened a marathon of them all. So I figured that as enough justification for reviewing them. The initial installment is The Hunger Games, based on Collins’ novel of the same title. And its defining fault is its inability to build a world that feels both real or large.
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