The Hunger Games Movie Review: With the media hyping this one up, Rotten Tomatoes giving it around 85%, the sheer amount of money it’s making, and the fact that it is allegedly a movie for Generation Y, The Hunger Games met my expectations- with a 7/10 scoring. Disclaimer: I’m not in the target demo.
This article will contain three different reviews. Here’s mine first.
The Hunger Games is targeted for female young adults, probably with some overlap of the Twilight and Harry Potter franchises, with the hope of expanding it to other demographics as the other two have done. This is not to say that others wouldn’t enjoy it, but as a sci-fi film it can’t hold up to something like Inception, District 9, or any classic sci-fi movie. This trilogy is 100% geared toward marketing to the mainstream.
The movie (and book) has so many influences, that nothing seems quite new in The Hunger Games. It felt like a teen romance movie at times, and the movie ending was totally predictable as it focused on the two citizens of District 12 from the beginning.
If I did take a deeper meaning away from The Hunger Games, it is the message of society’s haves and have nots, class warfare, government manipulation, and the sensationalism of reality contest shows like Survivor, American Idol, Big Brother, etc. (There was an episode of Dr. Who entitled Bad Wolf that accomplished that last point much better and in shorter time- just saying-Watch Bad Wolf for Free).
The young actors are raw. Woody Harrelson once again does a great job, however, as did Stanley Tucci. That woman who looks like The Jokerized Queen of England? Guess I had to read the book for her backstory.
Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) is the director. The shaky camera I guess was used to hide the violence. It worked a lot better and felt realistic when that technique was used in the Bruce Wayne fight scenes in Batman Begins.
The movie held my interest, but it’s simply overrated by its advertising campaign, author, viral promos, critics, and die-hard fans alike. The fact that it is overrated did not make me like it less. Take the challenge and compare it to other dystopian sci-fi movies- Children of Men it’s not.
The Hunger Games is a light sc-fi movie for kids and teens. When I asked my niece what the appeal of The Hunger Games to her is, she indicated the lead character is the pull, in addition to various kids and teens being drafted into a competition. She said she fantasized about succeeding in such a trial. From the young adult perceptive- that’s what The Hunger Games is. The class warfare or NWO takeover is (thankfully!) not on their radar. But I don’t think the message that the “American Idol is superficial and manipulating” warning is on their radar either, so to that end, I don’t see this sci-fi film changing or molding young minds not be to models. When I was a kid, Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, Star Wars, Star Trek, Logan’s Run, Godzilla, King Kong, and many other classic sci-fi movies influenced my thinking with their messages. The Hunger Games doesn’t even have a “food shortage” message to a kid or teen.
DailySkew Contributor CCB3 Review
i watched hunger games with my mom. for me, 7/10. very good but not great. i did enjoy the characters, even the minor characters were interesting.i liked the premise, costumes and setting. woody harrelson was excellent and lenny kravitz was good as well.but i hated the shaky camera style-gave me a headache. the pacing was a bit slow and the violence was muted-i guess to achieve a pg13 rating.i felt that the violence needed to be a bit more graphic-to give the audience a real feeling of true desperation and the will to survive.but i will definitely watch the sequels.
stanley tucci (who i didnt even recognize until after i got home from the movie) was excellent as an over the top, cheesy game show host/interviewer. i liked woody’s performance so much, that i wondered if he really was drunk and hungover, instead of just playing the part of a drunk.
RingMyBelle Random Thoughts
I fell asleep halfway..just not enough action..4/10 rating…too much melodrama and romance..confusing..Woody Harrelson played the same exact role in Game Change…Does not deserve to be in the Top 10 of anything- box office or critic’s choice…Avatar was 100 times better…So was Titanic…I hated the administrators of the Hunger Games changing the environment and adding obstacles to kill the participants…In other movies, the characters don’t need artificial and unfair interference like that…The whole society was an injustice and I hated it..I hated the president. Two thumbs down. Frustrating movie. Oh, and not for young children.