Hola~ It has been a while since I last posted a movie review and here I am first time ever blogging from a cyber cafe. The Hunger Games is one of the most awaited movies for me in 2012. I never read the book franchise neither do I know the franchise even existed before I watched the trailer. The trailer looked very promising and it has a very interesting concept so I went to watch the movie the first week it premiered. What was my verdict on this movie? It was GREAT!!! XD.
The Hunger Games was described by IMDB as....
"In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives."
All Hail Hitler!!
Gary Ross has directed a couple of movies prior to The Hunger Games, none that I have seen before, all seemed decently rated but they all seem not as successful as the recently premiered. As mentioned earlier, this movie has a very strong fan base and a very interesting concept, none ever popularized before (at least from any American movie). I know some movie critiques will say that the movie is actually stealing the concept from Battle Royale (a Japanese movie dated back in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku) but actually little that they know this movie was based on this popular children game. Just kidding LOL.
Only 1 hippo will survive the Hungry Hippo games, may the odds be ever in your favor. Nom! Nom! Nom!
Lets start with the story line. The overall story line was decent and sometimes a little bit too cliche it becomes... uncliche. Reverse psychology... I like it. I however saw a lot of hidden potential opportunity of this movie that was not utilized. Unlike its predecessor (Battle Royale... lol ok im cutting it out), Hunger Games lacks character developments of other districts which might be very interesting. Hunger Games also could use the opportunity to use the elements of surprise of clever scheming and betrayal. That would add more spice to those who like interesting twists... like me :)
I also dislike the fact that all the tests/hardships were focused on the protagonist by the GM. But I will assume that they still give obstacles to those from other districts its just that they don't show it to the viewers. I am sure all the so-called flaws and misses in this movie was due to the same normal problems all movie adaptations from popular novels had; the difficulty to fit everything in a novel into a 120 minutes movie.
They said Hunger Games was better... well I guess I have to respect their last words :)
The main spotlight of this movie for me was the acting by Jennifer Lawrence. She played the role of Katniss Everdeen, a normal girl living with her mother and daughter in District 12. She led a difficult life resulting to the reason behind her awkward distant behavior. She was the first from her district who has ever... volunteered to be the tribute for the Hunger Games to replace her sister whose odds... seemed not to be in her favor. Hahaha.
Another star in this movie was Elizabeth Banks who played Effie Trinket. Her "Johnny-Depp-Acting" (yes it is a noun now) was quite remarkable. Stanly Tucci was awesome too. It takes exceptional talent to play the roles of futuristic characters who have weird culture and behaviors and both of these actors nailed them. Josh Hutcherson has improved a lot in his acting career but his acting was mediocre in this one. I am expecting more from him in Catching Fire. If it take too long to come out I might end up reading the book.
Effie Trinket and Katniss Everdeen singing the duet"The Boy Is Mine" dedicating it to me XD
Overall, the movie was a very good watch. A definite watch for fans alike and a very interesting watch for normal people who looks for something to do during your free time. A very strong recommendation from me. The box office collection of 33.1M USD exceeded the 3D remake of James Cameron's, Titanic by double. That's a good sign no?
Acting - 8
Cinematography - 7
Replayability - 6
Overall - 7.25
IMDB - 7.6
Rottentomatoes - 85%
I guess that’s all for now. Good day freaks~