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The Hunger Games

Published by admin on Sun, 2012-03-25 08:14
Release Date: 
Friday, March 23, 2012
Actors: 
Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Rating: 
8

I am going to start this review up by stating that I've read all of the books in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. With that, I must say that this film is a well done adaptation of the books, but it also an excellent standalone film that does just fine without the books. The performances given by the two leads is excellent. Jennifer Lawrence delivers a disturbingly confused and emotional performance of Katniss Everdeen. She has this uncanny ability to say so much with the expressions on her face without any words. There are a couple of scenes where she doesn't have to say a word and the emotion is still conveyed. Hutcherson, playing Peeta Mallark, gives an underated performance and delivers with his bright white smile and ability to deliver his words like the smooth talker Peeta is supposed to be.

The biggest complaint that I, along with a large number of other people have, was the shaky camera. I've seen this in other films as well, and it is tough to watch at times. I definitely think there are times for this type of cinematography, but not throughout an entire film. For example, the shakiness during some of the scenes where they are showing District 12 give the distinct feeling that this is a place that is forsaken by The Capitol and that these people have very little, but it didn't need to happen the entire time. Regardless, this is a minor issue compared to the overall film. I've mentioned the two main performances above, but all of the other acting choices seem to be spot on as well.

For those that have read the book, you'll notice some differences between the book and the movie (as is always the case with an adaptation) but nothing that was glaring. I thought the biggest issue was that they were unable to convey Katniss' true feelings and her inner conflict about the Capitol and about Peeta and Gale. Nonetheless, they've done an excellent job and have captured this world very well.

My Conclusion: 
Go to the theater and see this movie!

Genres 

Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Image of The Hunger Games [DVD]
Director: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks
Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)