Me and My Nine Iron

April 11, 2012

The Hunger Games review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 11:28 am

I had high expectations for this movie based on its critical and commercial success, and I can’t say that they were entirely met. It was nothing special, and if you take out the existence of a book, you’ve got none of that hysteria – just a good movie with a unique story. But I’ll still defend the internet nonsense about Rue being black or the shaky camera. Get over yourselves. I didn’t think twice about either of those while watching it.

The movie ran a lengthy two hours and 22 minutes, and that might be the biggest issue I had with the movie. Not that it was a bore or slowly paced, I certainly didn’t expect 50% of the movie, or the first 65 minutes to be about the preparation for the games. I don’t care how big the sponsors were a part of the book, but that was too much time spent on too little of a payoff. Yes, those parachutes were important, but I don’t think it needed a substantial amount of time and many scenes spent on such a small part of the games.

For those that thought Kristen Wiig‘s character in Bridesmaids was a bitch, Jennifer Lawrence‘s character was a major bitch leading up to the game, and I wanted to punch her in the nose sometimes. The game itself was so PG-13, and I wasn’t crazy about how it all played out, although we all see it coming.

If I ever were in a cave with Suzanne Collins and our deaths were certain and imminent, I would ask her if she truly never heard of Battle Royale before writing the novel because I’m torn between those that say the story is way too unique for it to be a coincidence and studio heads who have honestly heard every wildly imaginable idea a hundred times.

The big news now is Gary Ross–who received a writing credit with Collins and directed it–bowing out of directing the sequel due to Fox’s priority scheduling with Lawrence on the X-Men sequel, allowing just four months to finish pre-production and without a script. Catching Fire, the second of the four films, already has a release date of November 2013.

THG is a cinematic version of Battle Royale with a fuller story, but it tries to be so profound and so much more than it really is. If you’re looking for a good popcorn movie that gets down to business and provides better entertainment, I’d recommend the latter.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 7.7
What it should be: 7.2




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