Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
Release Date: March 23, 2012
Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: Theatres
5/5 Robots: Absolutely AMAZING!

Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.



Let me preface by saying that I have read the first two books in The Hunger Games  trilogy. I will probably never read the third one because I don't usually read the last book in a series. It's a personal problem really. In my mind the story never ends if I never read the last one. It's a weird habit, but it works for me. Now on to the review!

The Cinema
I went to see this movie at midnight! I love midnight showings because people dress up and are legitimately excited about the film. There weren't that many people in costume in my theater, but everyone was excited. We arrived an hour in advance and the cinema was already packed. Luckily, we were able to find relatively good seats. The unlucky ones who arrived ten minutes before midnight were stuck craning their necks up to see it.

The Actors
The movie was phenomenal! I went in trying not to get my hopes up. Everyone loves the books, so it's easy to see how the movie could ruin them. Out of all the actors, the standouts were definitely Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. You can feel their heartbreak at the Reaping. It actually made me want to cry more than the Rue scene. A lot of people are saying that Josh Hutcherson was just kind of flat as Peeta. I disagree, he was perfect! If you compare the books and the movie, his portrayal was spot on! The young cast was seriously great across the board. Amandla Stenberg as Rue and Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen were superb. They both had intense emotional scenes that were really amazing. The comedy fell to Woody Harrelson as Haymitch and Stanley Tucci as Caesar. Both got equal laughs throughout the film. Now for the actors who I thought didn't hold up. I knew going into the movie I was biased against Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt though. In the end, I think his portrayal of Cinna just kind of fell flat. Also, I think the casting choice for Liam Hemsworth was great, but Gale just didn't have a lot to do in this movie so he didn't compare to all the rest. Overall, it was a great cast that made the movie awesome!

The Special Effects
I love special effects. Gore, blood, you name it. The synopsis for the movie is kids killing kids, so you know there is going to be some blood. However, with a PG-13 rating the blood was at an all time low. But it was still effective. It still makes you cringe when you see a little girl die, despite the lack of blood oozing out. Sometimes, less is more, and the special effects department really got that. The best special effects scene: the hacker jacker hallucinations. I can't really describe it and all its epicness, but it's pretty awesome. The worst special effects scene: the chariot ride with Katniss and Peeta's costumes on fire. It looked really fake, but I'm not sure if that was the purpose because it's supposed to be fake fire. I didn't like it. But that's a small blip in the amazing movie!

The Directing
I was pleasantly surprised how awesome this movie was filmed. It's got a documentary quality to it in the fact that the camera moves around a lot. There are some scenes that I think moved a bit too fast and it was making me rather dizzy, but it still plays well on the screen. I also loved the choice to add additional scenes that aren't in the book. It gave the movie a lot more substance. Gary Ross was absolutely amazing and I think that if he doesn't return for the second one, the next director should take some notes!

The Music
I kept waiting throughout the movie to hear Taylor Swift's voice filter through the screen. It never happened. None of the songs from the soundtrack played during the movie. They were all instrumental, which I was so happy about. I had been wary that the movie could hold up with lyrical music because it's a book set in the future. The only song that did play was Arcade Fire's "Abraham's Daughter", which played at the very end and during the credits. It was absolutely perfect! That song is so awesome and I have already downloaded, listened to it five times, and cradled my iPod as it plays. I am biased though. Arcade Fire is my favorite band of all time!

Overall
Great Cast. Great Directing. Great Movie.

Lastly, you don't have to have read the books to love this. Seriously, go see this movie. It's amazing!

Bonus
Interview, Clips, a Parody, and More!

8 comments:

  1. I absolutely loved this movie and I'll see it again next weekend :) !!

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  2. Yes, loved this movie too! But I loved the book even better ;)

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  3. The movie is good but the book is so much better. Some scenes on the movie are different from the books and a lot of scenes didn't included on the movie because of the duration. But, overall, this movie is not dissapointing.

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  4. While I enjoyed the movie immensely, there was no comparison to the book.
    However, they did mange to keep the violence to a low so no R rating thank goodness.

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  5. SQUEEEE!!! I LOVED this film SOOO much! :D It was amazing!! Though I do have to agree that I preferred the book; nothing can beat a good book. :)

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  6. This was an incredible book and I can't wait to watch the movie when it comes out on DVD.

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  7. To be honest, I liked the book better too. The movie had something sort of lacking. I'm not saying I hated it, but it isn't one of my favorite movies.

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