Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: The Hunger Games
Director: Gary Ross
Run Time: 142 min
Summary: In a nation ruled by an iron fist, 12 districts are forced to send their kids into an arena to fight to the death. Katniss volunteers to replace her sister when she is chosen. Her fellow tribute is a boy she only knows by the kindness of his deeds. Once upon a time he gave her bread, which saved her and her family from starvation. How will they be able to kill each other? How will they survive?
Why I saw the movie:
I went to the premiere because it was a new pop culture series. I had avoided the books knowing it involved kids fighting to the death Gladiator style with Lord of the Flies overtones. The movie was so good it convinced me to read the trilogy which I devoured the same weekend.
- Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. Jennifer is so expressive in her body language and facial features. You can tell and feel it when she’s pissed or terrified.
- Josh is a perfect Peeta. I didn’t think so at first when I saw Liam as Gale, but Josh really steps into the role and embodies everything Peeta is as a character. I love his smooth talking TV appearances.
- Liam as Gale makes a strong appearance. He’s also good showing emotions and rocks his dialogue. I can’t wait to see more of him in Catching Fire. I expect he’ll bring a lot more to the plate in terms of defining Gale as a character and maybe even shed new light on the character too.
- Woody Harrelson as Haymitch. So good.
- Effie’s ghastly I’m practically a corpse makeup. Ew.
- Toby Jones needed more lines. He could have rocked the jollies while still giving the movie that “OMG are they for reals?” vibe.
- The hallucinations during the tracker jacket sequence could have been done a little different – maybe not like the book that would be gross – but more of the shiny emphasis for future book/movie references.
Last Minute Thoughts: This is a good rendition of the book without being the book. There’s obviously a lot of care taken with it. I appreciated the world view given in the movie that was lacking in the books.
Rating: 4.5 Treasure Chests