Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games.

You will love The Hunger Games even if you haven’t read the trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

The film takes place in the futuristic nation of Panem. Each year the government selects two citizens from each district by annual lottery to participate in the national Hunger Games. Effie (Elizabeth Banks) chooses Primrose (Willow Shields) for District 12 however her sister Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to participate. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) gets chosen for District 12. Caesar (Stanley Tucci) interviews the contestants known as tributes before the Games begin.

There are a few weeks of preparation of the Hunger Games. Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) gives advice to the tributes and Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) is Katniss’ stylist for the Games. 

After the preparation, the Games begin. They take place in an outdoor arena controlled by the Capitol. The Games are televised which will remind you of several reality television shows. Katniss is in a love-triangle between Peeta and Gale (Liam Hemsworth). There are twenty-four tributes participating in the Hunger Games. When the Games start, you are lured into them.

The minor downside to The Hunger Games is the first half hour drags. It’s so slow that you want the action to begin. With Lawrence onscreen, this minor fault is forgotten. Lawrence invites you in. She also warms you up for what’s ahead.

Lawrence is the star of this film. The Hunger Games belongs to her in every frame. She also reveals the messages that are effective. She shows us how to accept death, to have brevity, to go out with a bang, to have affection in life-or-death situations and to protect your family. The strongest message is you have to earn your success and honor. Lawrence takes this film to the next level by giving us hints for what to expect in the next films.

When the Hunger Games are on, you will most certainly cheer on Katniss. You are on the edge of your seat throughout this enduring journey with Katniss. You feel her emotion and the trauma. Lawrence is at her highest in this role.

The suspense comes at you at the right moments. The cringe-worthy sequences actually make you cringe. It’s very unpredictable. Most action films you know what’s going to happen but here, you feel the unpredictability in your gut.

The director Gary Ross makes the film long enough for you to care and appreciate the characters and their roles. The runtime doesn’t matter to you because you are concentrated on The Games.

It has a meaningful and significant storyline. Most films don’t have the right intentions that it sets out for. The purpose of this film has been fulfilled and it succeeded. The Hunger Games as a standalone film outdo other films because you feel the love that goes around the cast and crew.

The love triangle is put in the backseat and is almost an afterthought. You may not even care about the romance. The Games are well thought out by the director and screenwriters. They are the ones who put the Games to their full potential.

You discover this film can’t be touched by any other person in the film industry. The next two or three (if the third adaptation is split into two parts) films has to have the same production team. This installment is done to perfection with a minor fault. Nobody messes up the series with different directors like Twilight did otherwise it’s another franchise that’s put to the wayside.

It’s extraordinary to find actors and a production team that unveil a film that can only be its own. Nobody can fight this installment. The Hunger Games has set an example of how film franchises should be. Most of us want more of this ferocious series so let it continue! A-


  1. omg you started your blog and it's as amazing as I expected it would be. Keep up the good work my friend.

    Thanks to your review The Hunger Games is bumped up to "next on board" on my reading list.

  2. I have to agree with your review! Loved the book. Loved the movie!!

  3. Fantastic review! And I loved watching The Hunger Games! I thought they did a wonderful job with the movie.