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The Hunger Games – Movie Review

Adapting a popular novel series into a movie can be a difficult thing because no matter how good the movie is, fans of the novels will always find things to pick apart about it. Harry Potter fans were upset by how many plotlines were missing from the movies, and most of the fans of Twilight prefer the books over the movies as well for the same reasons. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the latest young adult series to get the Hollywood treatment, and it will undoubtedly face the same level of criticism. It’s all ready faced them for some of their casting choices, and now that the movie is out fans will find other little things missing that they wanted to be in it.

In case you haven’t heard, The Hunger Games takes place is a post-apocalyptic world where 12 districts are run by The Capitol. Each year each of the 12 districts are required to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to The Capitol to compete in the annual televised Hunger Games tournament. These children are forced to fight to the death until only one remains. It’s in tribute to the war that brought down civilization, and a way for The Capitol to prevent such a war from happening ever again. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to be the female tribute for District 12 to prevent her younger sister from having to compete, and she is joined by Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) who is randomly drawn from a lottery. The pair are taken to The Capitol along with the tributes from the other Districts where they are paraded in front of the television audience and prepared to compete in the tournament. Once they are ready they are taken to the arena where they know that only one of them will survive.

Undoubtedly The Hunger Games will be a huge hit among the fans of the novels. It’s one of the best adaptations in recent memory, and very little was changed or kept out. Even if you haven’t read the books this is a movie that you may want to check out because it’s entertaining and well made. Everything just flows really well together, from the score to the sets to the action and to the acting itself. Jennifer Lawrence may not look the way Katniss Everdeen was described in the novels, but she gets the essence of the character and brings her to life on the screen. The supporting cast was good as well, especially Josh Hutcherson, Lenny Kravitz and Elizabeth Banks. In fact if you didn’t know it was her, you may overlook Elizabeth Banks because she’s hard to recognize in the role of Effie Trinket. Woody Harrelson was good as well, but if you read the books he’s not exactly how you’d imagine Haymitch Abernathy to be. From a movie side of things, the only real problem is keeping track of how many competitors are still left in the tournament. The books always made it easy to know many were left and always kept you well informed, but the only times you really know in the movie are after the first free-for-all battle and at the end when only five remain.

The Hunger Games is the sort of blockbuster movie that usually gets released in the summer, and it’s one that you need to see on the big screen. It draws you in from the start and keeps a hold of you until the final credits start to roll.

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