Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Movie review “The Hunger Games”


 
Starring:

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne

Short Story Summary:  After volunteering to save her sister, 16 year old Katniss Everdeen must survive the 74th Hunger Games.

Plot (9/10): I read the novel before watching this film, so a lot of what I say will be influenced from having read the book. I found that they did a decent job with keeping with what happened in the book. They did cut a lot of what happened before and after the games, but I never found that it had any real effect on the flow of the story. Someone that has not read the books should not notice these missing parts and, as such, should not have problems understanding the story. I do wish they could have played up more of the distrust between Katniss and Peeta. That was a central part of the plot during the beginning of the games in the novel. All in all though, I found the story very well done and it did justice to the book.

Characters/Cast (8.5/10):  The cast of this film is overall pretty good. Miss Lawrence plays the part of Katniss perfectly. Peeta was also cast perfectly, as was Rue, Gale, Haymitch, and most of the other people. The only one I had problems with was the one that played Thresh. They should have got someone that looked a lot stronger that the guy they picked. When reading the book, I pictured a giant, strong guy, but here he looked way too weak. Other than him, the rest are very well done.    

Action (8/10): Unlike a lot of people I have heard talking about this aspect, I thought the action was well done. Everything that was done in the book was beautifully recreated on screen. I found it entertaining to be able to see all the great moments from the book, from the part where Katniss blows up the careers supplies to the fight with the mutations.  I am kind of disappointing that they toned down the violence to get the Pg-13 rating, but I can live with it.   

Music(9/10); The music was really good in this film. I loved the anthem that they created for the movie. It was really well mad and fit what I had imagined it would sound like.  

Visuals (8.5/10) The visuals were overall pretty good. The sets were perfectly made and fit the descriptions from the book.  I think the mutations were not very well done through and the fact it was very dark when were on screen add to my dislike of their moment.  They were not as bad as the werewolves in the Twilight series though. The flame effects of Katniss’ suit also weren’t as spectacular as I would have liked them to be. , but they look all right. No terrible wire use makes me very happy with this film. As anyone that reads my reviews knows I hate badly done wire effects. Not much blood or gore to speak off in this film, which is both good and bad. Good, because I am not really into having gallons of the red stuff on screen, bad because the book was quite bloody at times.    

Conclusion: A very well made adaption to a great novel. I highly recommend checking out both this film and the book series.

Thanks for Reading!