23 March 2012

Fishy's Film Reviews - The Hunger Games

Saw The Hunger Games today \o/

Certificate – 12A or PG-13
Running time – 142
Scene after the credits – Nope

Cast –
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta
Woody Harrelson as Haymitch
Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
Stanley Tucci as Caesar

The plot
In the near future, 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 honour, gifts, and enough food and supplies to never worry about anything ever again…..

Unfortunately it’s a fight to the death

What's right with it?

Its got a great idea to it, to keep the population under control 24 people are chosen to fight it out and be the last person standing, while being filmed for ratings and certain events are controlled by the tv makers

……wait a minute, did someone mix Battle Royale, The Running Man and the Truman Show into a mixing bowl and baked at District 12 until the arrow slides out all clean?

Now I did some research into this and the writer of the book is adamant that she did not get the idea of it from Battle Royale. I’m willing to believe that but there are a LOT of similarities and nods that I won’t go into at the moment because of spoiler territory

Despite this the film is still good, especially the whole part in the city where there is a kind of Olympics/Big Brother opening ceremony and when we get to see the “Tributes” training before they actually start the Hunger Games

What’s wrong with it?

It’s a little slow to get going, but once the main characters reach Panem the pace picks up

Also you have to wonder about the similarities mentioned above. Maybe some things could have been done differently, but hey I'm just a humble blog maker, what do I know?

Turns out that the Hunger Games is not about eating as many hot dogs as you can, wish they made that clearer on the poster

Best Scene?
How do you like dem apples?

Best Quote?

Caesar Flickerman: Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire!

President Snow: Welcome! We salute your courage and your sacrifice and we wish you Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favour!

Bonus Trivia

Despite it's high popularity with teenagers and adults, Lionsgate has admitted that the chances of Catching Fire and Mockingjay being converted into films all depend on the money that 'The Hunger Games' makes.

The name of the main character, Katniss, is derived from the name of a group of edible plant species, genus "Sagittaria", commonly known as "arrowhead". This is a reference to the character's archery skills.

Final Thoughts

It is a good film, There are actually a lot of stories that are similar but the comparisons to Battle Royale will always be hanging over it because it was so well written and received

It is told really well and has some great scenes and action sequences, plus some great hair from Woody Harrelson and we finally find out that Lenny Kravitz is a total Pyromaniac

My Advice?
Go watch it!!!

Now I'm gonna go read the books


  1. Erm! She didn't dye her hair btw they spent $4000 on silk wigs coz she wouldn't let them experiment. - saw the movie and felt it was missing something, liked the concept and setting but really missing the spark that would have made the difference from a okay film to awesome! I liked it but was dissapointed. X

  2. Hmmm, according to IMDB that's what they did, but I'm reading an article now about the wigs. I'll remove it

    I think the missing spark can be found if you read the book. This always happens when books get converted to films

    One example is The Time Travellers Wife, I loved the film when it came out, but after reading the book they miss so much important character development out of it making the film feel like the vanilla no extras version

  3. Once the games kick off and you get drawn it, it becomes an entertaining watch. The similarities to Battle Royale do not bother me. What does bother me is the terrible, terrible back story. Maybe the film doesn't explain this very well (I have no intention of reading the books) but seems like there was some kind of civil war, the winners of which decided that the best way to prevent future uprisings against their fair and just society was by creating the most unjust and unfair society imaginable. And because that's not enough they decide to punish a bunch of people who had nothing to do with said civil war because it was before these people were born and just to really twist their arm they decide to punish children. But punishment alone isn't enough so it becomes entertainment. Basically, to prevent further civil wars they created a divide guaranteed to produce enough conflict for another civil war. Seems legit...



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