Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Hunger Games

I’m not sure how I feel about this movie.  I read this book several times over and really enjoyed it but to see it on film – was a different feeling for me.  I knew what was coming and what was going to happen but yet, it bothered me to see the storyline play out on film.  Set in the future, there has been a breakdown in society and 2 “tributes" from each of the 12 regions must participate in The Hunger Games. A “game” where kids, ages 12-18, are pitted against each other and the only way to win, is to be the last person alive.  It isn’t overly graphic but I do feel it’s intended for 13 years and up.  I really liked the actors and felt they captured the heart and the soul of the story.  I think this is a movie that you can read many different perceptions into but overall – it’s a compelling film.

The Hunger Games

I admit it – I was completely sucked in by this movie!  I hadn’t read any of the books and went into it barely knowing the story, so I didn’t have any real expectations.  Their society was pretty much just the wealthy and the poor – no in between - and the main reason for the games seemed to be for the entertainment of the wealthy.  Jennifer Lawrence, who portrayed the main character, Katniss, did an incredible job and captured her independence, her slightly rebellious attitude and her resourcefulness, along with showing us her caring side.  There seemed to be all kinds of small plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn’t have any idea which direction some of the scenes were going to take.  Something else I liked about this movie were all of the characters and how I felt about them.  I cared about each of them and it was hard watching them go through this ordeal and have to fight to the death just because they “won” a lottery and were forced to – they had no choice in being in The Hunger Games.  All that being said, I would definitely watch it again.  It was very entertaining!