Sunday, April 1, 2012

Movie Review of THE HUNGER GAMES

'The World Will Be Watching'
The Hunger Games is a Young Adult novel written by Suzanne Collins in September of 2008. It was adapted to screenplay by Gary Ross, Billy Ray and Suzanne Collins. The film debuted in movie theaters on March 23, 2012 and was directed by Gary Ross. It is enjoying its’ second week as the box office #1 hit.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz are just a few of the actors who grace the film’s storyline.

A post-apocalyptic story of Pan Am, the remains of what was once North America, The Hunger Games is a fiction storyline with a ‘what if’ feel.

Once, the people revolted and stood up for their rights, but in the end, they lost the battle. Now, to pay for their disobedience, they are forced to hand over their children for a spectacle of games known as The Hunger Games. When the wars ended, the new country was divided into twelve districts and each is ruled over with an iron fist by the wealthy and elite of District One.

Each year, children between ages 12 & 18 must have their names placed in a drawing. One boy and one girl are selected from each district to travel to District One and represent their district in the games. The Hunger Games pits child against child and District against District as those chosen fight to the death while the entire world watches.

There are 24 child contestants in The Hunger Games… Only one will survive, only one will win.

Katniss Everdeen, a girl from the poorest district, volunteers for the games to save the life of her young sister, Primrose. The first ever volunteer from District 12, Katniss has only one thing on her mind… survive!

I could go on and on about the movie and the books. I was particularly impressed with the way the movie stuck to the storyline of the book and did not stray from the powerful world that the writer created. The Hunger Games is a dark tale with some very harsh scenes, but with enough hope and compassion and brilliant chemistry between characters, the viewer will be sucked in to this deeply moving theatrical piece.
The casting of the film was wonderful. Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen as if she were born to do so. There are some fantastic, fun and sometimes shocking performances from Stanly Tucci, Woody Harrelson and even Lenny Kravitz which add to the film's brilliance.

A visually striking film, with wonderful special effects and cinematography, The Hunger Games is a MUST SEE for 2012. There has not been a book written with such originality and heart in many years and the screen version of The Hunger Games gives us a look at something truly unique.

I did not feel that this was too graphic for my children, (they were in the theater right next to me and loved it) but there are some parents who may… know your children and what they can handle emotionally.
For me, The Hunger Games was a solid 5, but for the simple fact that not EVERYONE will be able to see it, I am giving it a 4 ½ spider rating and BEGGING you not to miss this movie on the big screen. A beautifully written novel and a fantastically executed movie will surely make The Hunger Games an instant classic.

Run out right now and see the movie and remember…
'May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor’

CK Webb

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