Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Review: The Hunger Games

March 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 146

The Hunger Games was originally the first book of a series written by Suzanne Collins. Over time, it's developed a large and loyal fan base since its debut in 2008. With the film of the same name coming out, the people at Lionsgate surely hopes that this fan base gravitates towards the theaters to see the big screen translation in hopes of making it into a movie franchise.

Like the book, the film that goes by the same name tells the story of a teenage girl named Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives with her mother and her sister Prim (Willow Shields). Katniss and her family live in what is now known as Panem, but was once called North America. In Panem, the powers that be hold an event once a year where one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts compete in a battle to the death competition known as the Hunger Games.

These games have been put together by the government of Panem as punishment for an attempted revolution that took place nearly eighty years earlier. This nationally televised event forces these teenagers to go against each other until only one is left standing. Katniss is one of the 24 kids enlisted in this year's event, which is the 74th occurrence of the games. Unlike the others who were randomly selected, she actually volunteers in order to take the place of her younger sister who had been selected instead. Like all of her other opponents, her only goal is to somehow make it all the way to the end.

The Hunger Games is a movie that will be familiar to most due to the fact that it's based on a novel that many have read and the fact that we've seen this stuff before. There have been quite a few films similar to this that have been released for the big screen. With that being said, it did have some potential to be a fantastic movie based on the promise that it showed early on. The only problem here is that it never reached the heights that it could have.

One of the negatives about The Hunger Games was the lack of character development. That hurt the movie in my eyes, because it didn't allow me to get into the actual characters. Almost all of the kids were nameless and faceless, so when one of them would die off, it would just feel empty and meaningless. If you're going to try to use a couple of dramatic scenes featuring people dying, it would help to have the characters be of some significance by learning something about them.

Character development would have helped this movie in particular, because there are so many dry spots and empty scenes where nothing happens. They could have easily taken these opportunities when nothing is actually going on to develop these guys and get the audience emotionally invested in them. That would have made the movie and its events more dramatic and engrossing, but they decided to go in another route.

A good portion of The Hunger Games shows certain characters sleeping, eating or sitting down. There literally might have been more scenes of them sleeping than there were of them actually fighting. If I wanted to see someone do any of that, I would just go and get married or something. These scenes repeatedly killed any momentum the movie looked like it was beginning to show anytime they came up. Like most people, I go to see a movie to be entertained and those things aren't entertaining to watch. You had a few good actors here and I think they could have been used much better.

This biggest flaw in The Hunger Games wasn't that it was terrible, the biggest flaw was that they just didn't do enough with what they had. For example, Gary Ross could have used the first quarter of the movie to develop the characters and show off some of the beautiful scenery that we don't get to see enough of. Instead we get thrown right into the movie and then a bunch of nothing follows behind it. The film itself ended up feeling like it was too long, because of things like this and it didn't need have so many empty areas.

The truth is The Hunger Games is a rated R movie that's toned down to fit what is required to obtain a PG-13 rating. They left a lot of stuff out that should have been included in order to allow their target audience to see it and the film is hindered in some important parts because of this. The violence was far too tame and much of it wasn't even shown. It's basic and can be viewed as The Running Man for younger audiences.

There were also some chances for some big ideas and themes to be examined, but that didn't happen either. Because of the way The Hunger Games is structured, it's difficult to get into it the way you're supposed to. The film story could have been much deeper, much stronger and more meaningful. Instead, what they did was keep the story very thin and on a straight and uncomplicated path.

It's also filled with some of those basic and familiar people who you're used to seeing in movies. There's the bully/jock types who are basically the best group of competitors in the field, the loser that no one believes in, the black guy who's also a top contender and there's the drunk. The drunk is an odd character that's played by Harrelson. He's never actually drunk after the first couple of scenes that he's in and is perfectly sober and fine throughout the rest of it. I know he might have been a drunk in the book, but that portion of the character is made completely irrelevant in the movie.

The Hunger Games isn't bad enough for me to completely rip it, but it simply wasn't that good and has very little to offer. I can't fault the actors on this one since most of them did what was asked of them. All the blame goes on the director of the film and the writers. There were several things that could have been done to save the movie, but they ignored most of those. Hopefully, I won't be saying the same thing about the sequels.

Score: 2/5

Rating: PG-13

Director: Gary Ross

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence Josh Hutcherson Woody Harrelson Liam Hemsworth Elizabeth Banks Lenny Kravitz Stanley Tucci Donald Sutherland Amandla Stenberg

Film Length: 142 minutes

Release Date: March 23, 2012

Distributor: Lionsgate

http://www.themoviepictureshow.com/

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

 
0
 
0
 
Rate this Article
 vote(s)
Feedback
Print
Re-Publish

Article Tags:

Hunger Games

,

Jennifer Lawrence

,

Suzanne Collins

,

Movie

,

Review

,

Film

,

Action

,

2012

When we are looking for an efficient way to keep your house cool during the hot summer months, one of the first things to consider is using a portable ac unit. Portable air conditioners are great for

By: Akshita l Shopping Product Reviews > Electronics l July 09, 2013 lViews: 651

The people who are not satisfied with their original hair can get any type and style of hairs. Yes it is true, everyone can get hair style of their own choice. If you want long, short hair, straight,

By: Jenette Kimberly l Shopping Product Reviews > Fashion Style l April 01, 2013 lViews: 602

The teddy bear has brought comfort and cheer to millions of children for more than a century. As amazing and timeless a toy that this is today it’s not so humble beginnings has been linked back to

By: TeddyBear l Shopping Product Reviews > Toys l December 11, 2012 lViews: 508

Women love trendy fashion. Be it for their clothing, jewellery or fashion accessories. Choosing any trendy clothing will depend on your figure shape the design of the clothes, the age of the wearer,

By: Zuneaoy l Shopping Product Reviews > Fashion Style l December 10, 2012 lViews: 258

Fashion jewelry serves a slightly different purpose than fine jewelry. Most people don’t wear their fine jewelry, outside of wedding rings of course, as part of everyday outfits. Instead, fashion

By: Zuneaoy l Shopping Product Reviews > Fashion Style l December 09, 2012 lViews: 259

Well you might be wondering about an online jewellery stores reputation when buying your jewellery online. This can be a concern, especially if the pieces you are buying are expensive. But make sure

By: Zuneaoy l Shopping Product Reviews > Collectible Jewelry l December 05, 2012 lViews: 266

The romantic comedy, "While You Were Sleeping," starring Academy Award winning actress Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman, is an enchanting and engaging movie, well worth your purchasing. The star

By: April Braswelll Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl June 07, 2012 lViews: 247

High school student Peter Parker is bitten by a mutant spider giving him superhuman strength and senses. He begins to fight evil in New York City.

By: Kevin Dillehayl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl June 07, 2012 lViews: 232

Vincent (Tomer Gazit Sisley) gets involved with a group of drug dealers when he steals a boatload of their cocaine. These guys want what is owed to them and they'll do whatever is necessary to obtain

By: Jaskee Hickmanl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl June 02, 2012 lViews: 219

When Paul (Jonathan Sadowski) gets a visit from his brother Chris (Jesse McCartney), his brother's fiance Natalie (Olivia Taylor Dudley) and there recently single friend Amanda (Devin Kelley), they

By: Jaskee Hickmanl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl June 02, 2012 lViews: 197

The story in Men in Black III unfolds as a new and more dangerous alien arrives on the scene to destroy the world and kill Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). It is then that his partner Agent J (Will Smith)

By: Jaskee Hickmanl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl June 02, 2012 lViews: 194

Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is an irresponsible young man with no direction in life. After getting into trouble, his military brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgard) forces him to enlist in the Navy out

By: Jaskee Hickmanl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl May 27, 2012 lViews: 195

Vincent (Tomer Gazit Sisley) gets involved with a group of drug dealers when he steals a boatload of their cocaine. These guys want what is owed to them and they'll do whatever is necessary to obtain

By: Jaskee Hickmanl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl June 02, 2012 lViews: 219

When Paul (Jonathan Sadowski) gets a visit from his brother Chris (Jesse McCartney), his brother's fiance Natalie (Olivia Taylor Dudley) and there recently single friend Amanda (Devin Kelley), they

By: Jaskee Hickmanl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl June 02, 2012 lViews: 197

The story in Men in Black III unfolds as a new and more dangerous alien arrives on the scene to destroy the world and kill Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). It is then that his partner Agent J (Will Smith)

By: Jaskee Hickmanl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl June 02, 2012 lViews: 194

Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is an irresponsible young man with no direction in life. After getting into trouble, his military brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgard) forces him to enlist in the Navy out

By: Jaskee Hickmanl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl May 27, 2012 lViews: 195

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is still on the move and doing all he can to find out about his past. He decides that starting from the beginning is his best option and he thinks he's found someone that

By: Jaskee Hickmanl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl May 27, 2012 lViews: 175

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is still trying to put his past together as he's trying to gain his memory back with the help Marie (Franka Potente). Bourne and Marie have moved to a secluded area where

By: Jaskee Hickmanl Shopping Product Reviews > Movie Reviewsl May 27, 2012 lViews: 176

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus