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…
Middle of the road.
Everyone else has said all that needs to be said about this, so . . .
For being in a kill-or-be-killed situation, these Hunger Games kids sure do each other a lot of solids.
Watched it again with the kids. I liked it more this time.
In the wake of current "Catching Fire" praise, I felt it necessary to revisit the first and see if it was worthwhile myself viewing the sequel. While "The Hunger Games" is certainly not a bad movie, far from it, I feel that certain things didn't seem to add up. I haven't read the books, but an adaptation should be able to give enough information without having to rely on the "if you read the book you'll get it".
The story follows a dystopian future in which two children are picked from each 'district' in order to compete in a game as tributes in which they kill each other for entertainment. Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss becomes a contender after volunteering as tribute…
J-Law, ενδιαφέρον story, γίνονται πράγματα γενικά, αλλά το "έχει δράση" δεν είναι αρκετός λόγος να κουνιέται η κάμερα επι 2μιση ώρες.
This is a film marketed to teenagers. You gotta remember that before expecting something great or different.
I will skip to plot holes, which can be spotted quite easily, and I have to say that the thing that bothered me the most was the camera work. This is coming from a fan of shaky camera work if it's properly used like in Inland Empire, Cloverfield, Super 8... , but here I have to say it's atrocious. More than half of the scenes recorded with this method were distracting and I wasn't able to see what's going on. You see shaky camera in a lot of action scenes, but also in scenes that don't need it like people talking. It was…
When I first heard of The Hunger Games, I made a joke about how it was probably about a bunch of hungry children playing games for food. Yeah, turns out I wasn't that far from the truth. Except, obviously, without all the horror, dystopia, and violence that actually makes up the story.
I'm pretty sure that if I was a teen or young adult, I would be all over this series. I haven't read the books (though after seeing the first film, I'm actually kind of tempted too), but if the film is any indicator, it's filled with the sort of darkness that would have appealed to me in my teenage years.
Which is to say, it's a surprisingly dark…
Deslavazada, desvaída y hueca, a pesar de sus interesantes referentes y sus potenciales reflexiones. Vamos, que no.