The Hunger Games-Review

            Once a year, one girl and one boy from the age of twelve to eighteen are randomly selected from each of the twelve districts to compete in the Hunger Games. An annual competition to the death where there is only one victor. When Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) little sister, Primrose (Willow Shields), is called forward as tribute, Katniss volunteers in Prim’s place. The boy selected is Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), someone Katniss knows little about, except that he saved her from starvation one time. As they head to Panem, a rich and powerful town that controls the twelve districts, the two are set insight of learning from their mentor to stay alive in the games. Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), the last district twelve winner decades ago, is a loner and a drunk who can’t keep himself up long enough without passing out let alone keeping Katniss and/or Peeta alive. The games begin and everyone is for themselves. Flying knives, fire balls, dehydration, starvation and twenty four people trying to kill each other, is the entertainment the people in Panem crave. Who will win? Will Katniss use her hunting skills to last longer than expected?



            So, I saw the film opening weekend but I wanted to finish the book on my spare time before commenting on it. As I was watching the film, I liked it but wasn’t blown away with entertainment. Although, I believe it did a great job following the book, almost scene by scene. I hate when Hollywood leaves out too much from the book and make additions to the plot so it can be a blockbuster. Kudos goes to Jennifer for playing a great role. Throughout the film, she keeps this sick and scared-to-death look on her face, which is not easy to keep. All of her thoughts of how scarred she was and her doubts of surviving or not described in the book was all read on her face. As far as the action, I will give it two thumbs up. I always love it when filmmakers are not afraid to push boundaries. Every brutal death shown of the children viciously killing on one another was played nicely and wasn’t covered up with the camera turning away to show the trees or something during the act. I love that the ending did not leave me agonizing with impatience for the second movie to release faster like Harry Potter and Twilight. Even though I know this is a trilogy, I have no problem waiting for the next one without it being on my mind until it does. All in all, great book, nice film and I will buy it on DVD/Blu Ray.

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