Hey Everybody Rick here with an early review of the film adaptation of one of the most anticipated movies of the year, THE HUNGER GAMES. Meredith, our USG Intern was lucky enough to see the movie a couple of nights ago and quite liked it. My review will follow at some point this weekend. Here is her review...
The Hunger Games: Movie Review.
I sit here, attempting to write a review of the Hunger Games, only to realize, how wordless I am to describe it.
Granted, I haven't memorized the three books (that my friend, is filled by Harry Potter) to heart, however I cannot tell you how close to my heart the book The Hunger Games is.
Anyway, mere hours ago, I and a close friend from high school went to a advance screening of the books.
I cannot tell you how great it was. I can tell you, that Lions Gate has a franchise on its hands (and Jennifer Lawrence will most likely find herself doing Hunger Games movies/X-Men for the next ten years or so)
In case you haven't picked up the book, according to Wikipedia:
"At an unidentified future date, the nation of Panem has risen out of the ruins of what was once known as North America. Due to an unsuccessful uprising by the districts of Panem, a raffle (known as the "reaping") is held to choose one boy and one girl, aged 12–18, from each of the twelve districts to participate in the Hunger Games, a competition in which each contestant, or tribute, battles until only one is left. The winner receives honor, gifts, and supplies to never worry about anything ever again. The Hunger Games are a yearly reminder and punishment for their rebellion over 70 years ago, in which the 13th district was destroyed. "
Our Hero, Katniss Evergreen (played by the wonderful Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers herself in place of her younger sister, as the tribute for District 12. She then finds in a whole new world of unlimited food and fame, yet she must rely on her wits and skill with the bow and arrow to fight for life against 23 other tributes.
Jennifer Lawrence brings the same quality of grace and class to the role, showing that Katniss (which strangely reminds me of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, who's weapon of choice is the bow and arrow, like Katniss) who is normally reserved and keeps to herself, only to find that she must open herself in order to survive.
Woody Harrelson, was wonderful in his role as Haymitch, a former district 12 tribute who won the hunger games several decades ago, mentors the two district 12 tributes. The movie however, waters down his booziness that steep from him in the books series and ups the focus on him trying to get sponsors for Katniss and Peeta (play well by Josh Hutcherson) so that at least one of them, could survive.
Elizabeth Banks is wonderful in her brief role as Effie, along with Lenny Kravitz, who brings another dimension to his role as Cinna, the Capitol assigned stylist who, befriends Katniss and encourages a reserved Katniss to open up, telling a nervous Katniss before a televised interview, "pretend you're talking to me".
Liam Hemsworth, younger (but not prettier) brother to Thor/Miley Cryus's boyfriend, role as Gale, Katniss's closet friend/fake older brother/maybe something more? back home, who goes on forbidden hunts with her. Thankfully, his role in the inevitable love triangle between Gale/Katniss/Peeta is only hinted at, which means its def gonna be the main focus in the next three movies (the last book, Mockingjay, is taking the Twlight/Harry Potter route and will be split into two movies)
Suzanne's Collins book translates greatly to the screen, and I can only say I cannot wait for the sequel (which thankfully, Lion's Gate has locked in for November of 2013, providing that we survive December 2012 and what not)
Final Grade: 11/10
Happy Hunger Games! And May The Odds Be Ever in Your Favor
The USG Intern
Thanks Meredith! The Hunger Games opens everywhere tonight at midnight...