Saturday, March 31, 2012

Movies-R-Awesome: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
Rated PG-13 / Runtime of 142 minutes

What's IMDB Say: 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.

Immediate Opinion: I was pretty nervous through the first 15 minutes or so because of the shaky cam filming style.  It gets pretty old fast and gets to a point where it’s almost headache inducing.  Luckily that started to cut out once they were on the train and then just became sporadically sprinkled in.  Besides that, I loved the film.  As a big fan of the book ages before it became the hottest YA series since Twilight, I was really curious as to how close to the book the film would be.  Well, I was pretty surprised.  They stayed VERY close to the source material.  Obviously it’s been a bit since I read the first book, but the only main thing I remember them changing was the scene where Gale and Katniss meet the girl in the woods who later gets caught and has her tongue cut out when she is turned into an Avox. 

More In Depth Look At The Plot:  Jennifer Lawrence does a wonderful job as Katniss Everdeen who volunteers to take her sisters place in a 24 person fight to the death.  She and the chosen boy from her district, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), have to use their mentor Haymitch Abernathy’s (Woody Harrelson) knowledge from his past Hunger Games victory (the only District 12 victor ever) and the bit of survival training they get in the Capitol to increase their odds of survival.  However, it soon becomes apparent that Katniss’s instincts, skills with a bow and arrow, and hunting/tracking ability may be the only true chance District 12 has to get a victor.  The games begin and… well I can’t really tell you what happens next, can I?  Obviously if you’ve read the books then you know, but if not just trust me, I think you’ll definitely enjoy it.

Memorable Scene: Katniss with Cinna right before the start of the Games.  Beautifully acted by both Kravitz and Lawrence.

Final Grade: 4.5/5 - A Must See (-0.5 because of that annoying filming style at the beginning of the movie)

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