The Hunger Games
Director Gary Ross
The Hunger Games a highly anticipated movie of the year. Opening day was very impressive for a first release movie. The cast has been the talk of the internet, this movie is going to change their lives forever and of course the books are a great read. I believe the books are well written and a very interesting plot with a love story up against great odds.
The movie I saw fit none of the hype or great media promotions that have been shoved at us. The movie was boring and had no pull for the audience to cheer for or against any particular character. I saw no chemistry between characters save for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Lawrence’s performance was wooden and unemotional. The movie is too long and doesn’t have clear path or plot. After the first hour and a half I was just ready for them all to die. I was very uncomfortable with the opening fight scene of children bloodthirsty and full of violence.
The director just didn’t do a good job of making me want to feel sympathy or even want to connect with the movie. The costumes and makeup was the only thing that kept me watching. I do not recommend seeing the movie if you have not read the books, and if you have read the books go during the matinee. This way you’re not to upset about wasting money on the movie ticket.
I give it 2 water towers for the makeup and costume designs. The plot and any hint of a love story were lost in translation.
Peace and Love
All I’ve heard for the past couple of months was the hype of the movie The Hunger Games, I was anticipating a good day at the movies today, but was met with the disappointing storyline. You step into a futuristic realm of a new world after a rebellious uprising.
You have 12 sectors that people live in, each with its own class of people. You have the capital city where everybody seems to be numb to the fact of starving communities in the outskirts. Once a year the capital city holds the super bowl of sporting events called the hunger games. It seems to be an honor to be picked for these games, but in reality it’s all but certain death to 23 out of the 24 participants.
Each year 24 people, (2 from each sector) come together in the capital city to enter a survival game to where there is only one goal, and that is to stay alive. You are to kill all of the other opponents and go home the victor. There is no clear prize for the winner and the games really seem pointless other than a pure human desire to watch people die. There are no clear fight scenes, which is bad since the whole point of the movie was to fight to the death.
The story takes a weird turn in the wrong direction as two of the participants from sector 12 realize their love for one another. The movie spins into mushy love fest and the action comes to a screeching halt. So now the goal was two people from sector 12 to finish the game together as they team up to conquer the other participants.
The movie really didn’t have a sense of direction and the story seemed to drag on with no clear ending. Once the game ended and the two lovers prevailed they merely went back to their poverty stricken communities with no prize and no reason for winning. The movie ended with you hanging there wondering what the heck just happened. To be honest I wouldn’t waste my money going to see this movie, I would recommend that you just wait and see it in the dollar movies. The movie didn’t live up to the hype and if I were giving out grades, I would give it a D.