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Posted: 24 March 2012 at 6:03pm | IP Logged
The Hunger Games: 

         To preface my review, I should note that I have read the Hunger Games trilogy and went into the movie expecting a Hollywood-ized interpretation of a young adult novel. I was quite wrong.

For the first time ever, I think a film I watched turned out better than the source material. Book fans, i mean no offence, but The Hunger Games novels are extremely engaging with a cast of excellent characters and an amazing plot - but not well written. This is where the film wins out.

    Shot in a shaky-hand held camera style to express the 'personal narrative' of the lead heroine Katniss (instead of the books rambling), The Hunger Games manages to use its unique cinematography convincingly in proving that such a style (which can be annoying at times) is necessary to convey the nature of the plot, and the perspective of our lead.  The premise of the novel can very easily be interpreted to look like an 'epic action saga' on film which would minimize the dark reality of what the Hunger Games really proposes - The film does not make this mistake. It contains its melancholy concept in its lead characters, and never allows the viewer to forget it. Backdrops of grandeur still exist though, but to show the sharp contrast between what matters and what doesn't within the society of 'Panem'. 

    The acting was superb, Jennifer Lawrence is a better Katniss than the one i read in the book. And Josh Hutcherson is Peeta Mellark. My only complaint in casting is with Woody Harleson (who portrayed Haymitch Abernatchy, a character who was supposed to have the persona of Dr.House, but instead came off like a flamboyant cowboy buffoon).  

     For the teenage audience that this film is marketed towards - I am surprised at how little the director held back, there was no sugar-coating, no cheese, and no glossing over the horrors of the society in the film. Even the lighter moments of the film were kept short and done so with an underlying sense of doom, as it was meant to be. And the traces of blossoming romance between the leads were succinct, convincing and refreshing.  The entire movie was also set to a score composed by James Newton Howard, who brilliantly infuses folk and old-world sounds and melodies to make the film more mysterious and even beautiful at times.

In all, I surprisingly really enjoyed The Hunger Games. It had a polarizing reaction by the group of people I went with, one of my friends even hated it. Personally, most of the criticism I have is towards the flaws in the general story, which is more 'book criticism' than film, so I have not mentioned it here. Either way, it exceeded my expectations. 

3.5/5



Edited by TintinleMechant - 24 March 2012 at 6:06pm

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Posted: 24 March 2012 at 10:22pm | IP Logged
Desi boyz - actually liked the movie, it atleast had a story and no mindless comedy. Akshay has done a good job and his performance looks effortless. John Abraham was pathetic..and his dance moves in the song "jhak maar ke" is cringeworthy. Deppika padukone looks gorgeous, so does chitrangda, but felt she went overboard at times with her sexy act.
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Posted: 25 March 2012 at 12:29am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Tani91

Triplet you're a THG fan tooShockedHug 
Triplett!!! HugHug
Hahah..actually I'm not...yet. LOL I haven't even read the books. Well I've read page 1 of the first book. My sister is a fan and she kept telling me to read them, and so have a bunch of other people..and now that the movie's out and I finally have time, I'm starting to read them LOL My sis loved the movie and I've only heard good things about it, so I'm gonna be catching it pretty soon to see it.
 
You know Tani, I'd heard of the series, but I never realized how big of a phenomenom they actually are LOL I live in my own little world clearly LOL 

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Posted: 26 March 2012 at 2:14pm | IP Logged
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Originally posted by Tani91

Triplet you're a THG fan tooShockedHug 
Triplett!!! HugHug
Hahah..actually I'm not...yet. LOL I haven't even read the books. Well I've read page 1 of the first book. My sister is a fan and she kept telling me to read them, and so have a bunch of other people..and now that the movie's out and I finally have time, I'm starting to read them LOL My sis loved the movie and I've only heard good things about it, so I'm gonna be catching it pretty soon to see it.
 
You know Tani, I'd heard of the series, but I never realized how big of a phenomenom they actually are LOL I live in my own little world clearly LOL 
coming from a fello TaAnuian and HP fan...I'd say go for it...you'll love it since there's no vampires or werewolves in this oneTongueLOL plus Jennifer Lawrence is a billion times better (acting and personality wise) better than KStewDead

I heard of them a while back and I was actually planning to read it but life got in the way...so when I saw the movie trailer last year I was determined to read it before it came out plus JLaw RULESEmbarrassed I was excited to see her in a movie, I have a girl crush on her since X Men and I've been wanting to watch Winter's Bone

The book is really good I mean content wise, because Collins really has a great imagination when it comes to the grim reality of Panem so do give it a shot...I'm on the second one right now

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Posted: 26 March 2012 at 2:51pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Tani91

coming from a fello TaAnuian and HP fan...I'd say go for it...you'll love it since there's no vampires or werewolves in this oneTongueLOL plus Jennifer Lawrence is a billion times better (acting and personality wise) better than KStewDead

I heard of them a while back and I was actually planning to read it but life got in the way...so when I saw the movie trailer last year I was determined to read it before it came out plus JLaw RULESEmbarrassed I was excited to see her in a movie, I have a girl crush on her since X Men and I've been wanting to watch Winter's Bone

The book is really good I mean content wise, because Collins really has a great imagination when it comes to the grim reality of Panem so do give it a shot...I'm on the second one right now
I haven't read very much yet..distracted by other things and family visits..par so far it seems interesting. Thank god for no vampires and werevoles LOL Jennifer Lawrence was far more impressive than Stewart in the trailers alone LOL I'll hopefully finish it very soon :))
 
The only thing that threw me off was the werid names LOLLOL This reminds of me of when one of my English teachers told me that she couldn't read HP because names like Dumbledore/Hagrid were too weird LOL I couldn't even understand what she was talking about..and then when I heard names like Katniss and Peta, I was like..uhh I have to read about them? LOLLOL 


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Posted: 26 March 2012 at 3:54pm | IP Logged
^yeah the names are a bit weird but its no biggie

oh yeah caution the first part of the book (and the movie) seems boring because she's describing everything about Panem and the Games and everything in the Capitol...when the actual Games start is whe the book gets very interesting and of course my fave part is the cave scene
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Ek dewaana tha...waste of my 2 bucks.

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