The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games never quite lives up to the books brutality or detail no thanks to the 12A rating.

The Hunger Games is set in a beautiful dystopian future and tells the story of survival, courage and love – a tale that is tough, exciting and serious, but less intense and violent than initially hoped/expected, no thanks to the 12A rating it was given. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) lives in District 12 and hunts squirrels to stay alive whilst hoping she is not one of the two names called from her district to go to the 74th annual Hunger Games; a televised tournament where 24 young teenagers from 12 districts battle it out for the vibrantly coloured, powerful and wealthy class’s amusement, where the last person standing wins – inevitably, we see Katniss Everdeen ‘battling’ it out in the Hunger Games and so it all begins. Director Gary Ross does well to create some anxious scenes and the screenplay is generally great throughout, delivering an exciting but moderate production that fails to capture or detail many of the characters, traits and relationships which when coupled with a reduced intensity and brutality that the book gave, the film fails to reach its maximum potential.

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10 thoughts on “The Hunger Games

  1. I highly recommend “Battle Royale”, a 2000 Japanese flick that is strangely similar to “Hunger Games”. I had enjoyed the book and movie version of THG, but when I saw “Battle Royale”… all my THG love went away!!

    1. I’ve heard a few snippets about Battle Royale since THG was out and the similarity to it, so will have to check it out. I’ve seen a few other reality tv deathmatch based films that have been terrible, so THG was really nice in that it was done well and was enjoyable to watch.

      1. I agree that it was well done and fun to watch, and the writers were able to keep the best elements of the book. However, I felt it hard to keep up with the love once I saw “Battle Royale”; there are way too many similarities that I somehow find it hard to believe that it might simply be coincidence… plus there was a much more realistic feel to consequences of the violence and its effects, which I much appreciated in the film. My review en francais 😉

  2. Great review. I don’t think this is quite on par with the book, and the violence was inevitably toned-down, but I still liked it a lot and consider it one of the best of the year, so far. Hopefully they do a good job with Catching Fire.

  3. I have been wondering what the directorial change will do for the franchise – it was a good move taking Chris Columbus away from the Harry Potter octet, but I would think it would be more important for a trilogy to have directorial consistency.

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