Review: Hunger Games
Opened: March 23, 2012
Run Time: 142 min
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
I read the books before I saw this movie, I knew what was going to happen before I stepped into the theatre. Like everyone else that I went to the film with on the first weekend we were invested in the characters as much as some are invested in Harry Potter and Bella. Katniss is a very unique hero, she is women who to survive is required to kill. Unlike other stories where the men take over that responsibility, she is the leader of the team that consists of Peeta and Katniss. She is better at “killing” though Peeta does prove himself in the end.
I encourage everyone to read the books, however I also promise you will not be disappointed in the movie if you haven’t. The film is beautiful and well written. There are some points where the dialogue could have been less “cheesy” but for the most part the story works.
The movie is not an exact copy of the book, however the important story points are explored and visualized well. My favorite character has to be Cinna played beautifully by Lenny Kravtiz. Knowing what happens to him in later books makes the scenes he is in very emotional for me. Stanley Tucci steals the scene when ever you see him as Caesar the “host” of the Hunger Games TV show. Woody Harrelson as the drunkard mentor, Haymitch to our two young heroes is perfect, he does a great job. The three young actors Jennifer Lawrence , Josh Hutcherson , and Liam Hemsworth I hope reprise there roles in the next two movies. I am looking forward to seeing more of Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson‘s characters as they express their feelings for Katniss played by Jennifer Lawrence.
I have seen this movie with lovers of the books and those who have never touched them, they have all unanimously enjoyed the film. Recommended to all over 13.