Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Hunger Games

Want to see the hottest, most talked about film of the year so far? Then go see The Hunger Games, based off the Suzanne Collins’ novel. The film is directed by Gary Ross and stars Academy Award Nominee Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. The film focuses on a brave young girl named Katniss (Lawrence) who volunteers to fight in the Hunger Games after her little sister is actually the one chosen. Taking her little sister’s place, she and Peeta (Hutcherson) are part of district twelve, and are entered in the deadliest match of their lives. The Capitol selects one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts and forces the children of different ages to fight to the death for entertainment on live television. Can Katniss make it out alive or will she die trying??

The Hunger Games is an action packed thriller that will have everyone on the edge of their seats. The acting in the film is impressive. Jennifer Lawrence portrays this powerful, strong, and intelligent fighter. She has the entire audience rooting for her. She encompasses the epitome of a strong yet frightened girl willing to do just about anything to survive. Josh Hutcherson delivered a fine performance as well. His character, Peeta, feels in his heart that he won’t make it out alive, and watching him struggle throughout the film whether it’s with his love for Katniss or with his will to surive is remarkable. He’s passionate and empathetic, and also has the audience rooting for him. Stanley Tucci was perfect in his role of Caesar Flickerman. He was vibrant, funny and captivating to watch. Woody Harrelson was great as the past Hunger Games’ winner and now alcoholic, Haymitch. Although most of the actors in the film had minor roles, each one was believable, strong and entertaining to watch.

The story was awesome. It had action, romance, passion and suspense. Unfortunately, not having read the book, some parts were a little difficult to understand. Such as, the relationship Katniss had with her mother was clearly strained but not having read the book, it was hard to understand why the scenes with her mother were tense. Also, not completely understanding what happened to Katniss’ father was also difficult to understand, and her relationship to Gail (Hemsworth), was he her boyfriend or her friend? After speaking to someone that has read the book, these questions are all answered, but definitely pay attention and try and see it with someone that has read the book.

The Hunger Games is highly recommended to anyone who enjoyed the book, anyone who enjoys a film with great character development, a strong storyline, and a tale that if you truly believe in yourself, anything is possible. 

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