The Hunger Games (film)

April 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM | Posted in !Film reviews! | Leave a comment

The Hunger Games

Released: March 21, 2012
Running time: 142 minutes
Category: science fiction/action/drama

With: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz a.o.

In a post-apocalyptic world, the area that was once North America now forms the country Panem, consisting of twelve (formerly thirteen) poor districts and one rich Capitol. During the so called Dark Days, the thirteenth district rebelled against the totalitarian Capitol, after which it was completely distroyed. To remind the remaining districts of the Capitol’s power, the Capitol creates the Hunger Games. Every year, a boy and girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected from every districtto participate. All 24 ‘tributes’ are put in an arena to fight until only one victor remains.

In District 12, the mining district, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen tries to take care of her mother and 12-year-old sister Primrose. On the day of the selection, the ‘Reaping’, Prim is worried about being selected, but Katniss tells her not to be because her name participates only once and the chances are close to zero. Still, Prim is selected, and Katniss takes her place by volunteering. Peeta Mellark, the local baker’s son, is the boy tribute.
Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol with the other tributes to train for the 74th Hunger Games, while they know 23 of them must die..

I was looking forward to see this film ever since I read the book, and I was totally crazy about it. The writer was so creative with the story telling, I was very curious to see what director Gary Ross made of it. I must say I liked the book a lot better, but then again books are always better than the actual films (just look at some of the Harry Potter films, let’s be honest). That same problem was there with The Hunger Games. So let’s take a look at the pro’s and cons.
A first pro is the casting. Jennifer Lawrence plays and amazing Katniss, very mature, and so brave even though she’s constantly trembling with fear (literally in some scenes). I admired her so much. And then there are the boys, damn I kinda developed a crush on Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta). Liam Hemsworth is a pretty hot guy as well, so being a girl it was no problem for me at all, haha. Another pro are the special effects, like the flaming costumes Katniss and Peeta have to wear during the tribute parade, and Katniss’ flaming dress during the interviews. The fashion in the Capitol is not what one would call pretty but who cares, it looked great. The mutilants in the arena looked very frightening too, and the moment of their sudden attack on Katniss and Peeta, the boy who sat next to me in the cinema jumped a mile high, really! I have to admit, it was pretty scary.
A con is that there were some anti-climax moments in the film. The score played a very small part, meaning that the exciting moments weren’t always supported by background music to make the impact bigger. Sometimes I didn’t really feel the action because of that. Also, the film makers forgot to include what I’d like to call ‘key moments’ from the book, such as Katniss and Peeta’s fight at the end. After the Hunger Games ended, the film rushes through their victorious return in like five minutes or less, and again I didn’t really feel it. It could be just me, but I think it’s a shame. Still I really liked this film and the pro’s (of which I can name much more than the above ofcourse) topped the cons!


4 stars


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