Gary Ross’s The Hunger Games (2012) Movie Review


Girl in Fire : Jennifer Lawrence

Star cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks.

Direction: Gary Ross

Watched at PVR cinemas, Hyderabad

The Hunger Games Movie, the first film of the trilogy based on the one of the best selling novels by Suzanne Collins. Read the entire first hunger games book cover to cover in eleven hours before watching the flick. Let’s get on with the review…

Plot: Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used by the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place. She joins other 22 tributes in Capitol for a few days of training and showmanship, Katniss and Peeta come close to each other. Their grand entry in the parade, in fact, makes them keenly watched. Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) form their crew till the time they enter the arena. Can she survive from other Tributes from Other Districts?  How will she survive? Will the sponsors help the protagonist? What’s happens in the end? Forms the rest of the story line…

Performances: The cast of the film is A-one. The lead performer Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) gives a decent performance portrays her character very well. John Hutcherson (Peeta) comes near to Katniss energy levels with his performance. Stanley Tucci and Wes Bently (Game Master) had given an effective performance. Liam Hemworth gives adequate performances. Rest of the characters supported well to the lead and storyline.

Technical: Direction Gary Ross is fair, holds the audience nerves maximum times. Even extracts good performance from the cast. But he fails narrate the script in sting and intense way.  T-Bone Burnett and James Newton Howard’s Background Music is suits the scenes. Tom Stern’s cinematography is neat. But trying show the arena in technically brilliant by Hand Held camera fails to engage audience. But he showcased the cast beautifully especially Jennifer Lawrence. Stephen Mirrione and Juliette Welflin Editing could have been better. Action scenes never horrify, Katniss who is famous to pierce in between squirrels eyes, never shown piercing humans or shooting some difficult target with arrows.

Survi Verdict: The first half of the film is interesting runs on the lines of the novel; Second half of the movie largely depends on fights and arena, is also entertaining. But could have shot in more Intense and stinging way. Positives of The Hunger Games are Performances, Screenplay (in Parts) and hunky-dory adaptation of novel. On the flip side it’s Editing, Action Episodes, Drags in between and Casual Narration. On the whole, The Hunger Games is a fine movie for those who read the book and for those who are not going to read the book before watching the movie might end up foiled and think what this ballyhoo all about is.

Survi Review: 2.5/5

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Tit Bit: The Hunger Games looks similar to The Most Dangerous Game [1924] and Battle Royale [1999].

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