The Hunger Games ★★★★

The Hunger Games was good but not great. Half way through the movie I was ready for the game to start, and once it began I thought it went a bit long.
I don't understand how this story connects with a mass audience. I grew up with adventure films that were fun and had hopeful endings like The Goonies and Back to the Future. The Hunger Games had 22, mostly innocent, kids die. Although I question how the story is as impactful to a generation, I was entertained by it. By the end of the movie I did care about the characters.