Movie Review: The Hunger Games

Penelope K.

Blood, rebellion and young love? It’s every teenagers dream.  The world wide sensation The Hunger Games has officially hit the big screen. At midnight last Thursday, millions of people flocked to the movie theaters. Teenagers and adults,  boy and girl, emo and preps all came together to see one of the best movies of 2012. The Hunger Games, for those of you who don’t know, is the brilliant tale of Katniss Evergreen, who finds herself flung in to the sadistic hunger games and forced to fight to the death.  What’s a girl to do? Fight for your life and fake a romance with a boy to get food and medicine, that’s what.

Gary Ross, the director, had the huge task of making a movie that would do the book justice and that’s just what he did. Working with an all star cast of Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, just to name a few, Ross created the world of Panem and frankly did it just perfectly.  He had the option to take this movie over the top with CGI and visual effects  but he didn’t. He kept it very basic. He followed the book for the most part, only changing a few things.

As a huge Hunger Games fan I entered the movie theater with some worry that the movie would be lacking and not like the book. But at 2:34 in the morning as I walked to my car, I found myself very satisfied. There were only a few things I would have changed but that was just my personal opinion. The camera shoots, the costumes, the script, the make up, everything was perfect. As well as the actors that portrayed the characters were at their best. I found myself entranced in the movie and happy to say that I will be seeing again and again.

The ending was a little awkward with where it ended.  But that was the only way it could be done in order to leave room for the sequel, with which filming begins in September.  The whole experience was worth while.  I have to give props to everyone that worked on the movie because it was, for lack of a better word, awesome! Ross did a brilliant job and everything worked perfectly. Even if you haven’t read the books, you will find yourself rooting for Katniss and Peeta and hating the Capitol.

Suzanne Collins wrote a brilliant book to begin with, that millions of people fell in love with.  Even without the movie the books were something that linked all the readers together with an equal hatred of the Capitol. The movie was just the icing of the cake.


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