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The Hunger Games (DVD)
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The Hunger Games (DVD)
Advantages: great story and characters, just fab!
I very rarely see a film that I want to review as not many films or books have such an impact that I want to try and share with people. Due to this fact this is my second film review and I hope that I can do it some justice.
I first saw the preview for The Hunger Games when I was at the cinema last year and I have to say it didn't interest me initially in the slightest. However, as the film hit the cinema and I kept seeing the previews on television, accompanied with my cousin raving about it on facebook I soon had the urge to watch it. I bought the books and started to read and found that I couldn't actually put it down (and as a rule I don't really read books!). I ended up dying to see the film and my brother decided to treat me on one of his visits home from University. I was hooked!
"The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one girl and one boy between the ages of twelve and eighteen are selected in a lottery from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol to compete in a televised battle until only one person is left." The Hunger Games came about after the districts rebelled against the Capitol and a full scale war broke out which was finally won by the Capitol. It was then decided that there would be an annual Hunger Games to remind the districts of this and apparently to give them hope.
The main character of the film is Katniss Everdeen who is a seventeen year old girl who has taken on the role of caring for her family after her father died in the mines of Panem, also known as District 12. Katniss is an excellent hunter and along with her friend Gale hunts in the forest for animals to trade in at the Hob which is kind of like a market. District 12 is a rather deprived area so they rely on trading goods in order to feed their families. The reaping for the Hunger Games is where we meet Effie Trinkett who appears to revel in her role in choosing the candidates. First chosen is Primrose Everdeen, Katniss's twelve year old sister and the protective instinct kicks in and Katniss volunteers to take her place, District 12's first ever volunteer! Joining Katniss is Peeta Mellark, the bakers son.
As there are 11 other districts there are twenty two other candidates who, like Katniss and Peeta, need to train themselves ready for the games to begin. Some of the candidates, known more commonly in the film as tributes, come from the richer districts and therefore have had much more opportunity to train and are better fed making them have a better chance in the arena - these are the Career tributes and nearly always win the Hunger Games. There isn't much more I can say about the film without giving everything away but it does transpire that Peeta has been a long time admirer of Katniss and so we have the star crossed lovers of District 12 in the arena!
Katniss Everdeen is played by Jennifer Lawrence, an actress I had never previously heard of but she was maybe more famous for her role in X-Men First Class (a film I have never personally seen though my brother immediately recognised her from this). Having read the book I had a good idea of how Katniss was to be portrayed and I have to say she plays the role absolutely perfectly - strong where she needs to be yet has a softer side which we do see at times when her guard is let down so slightly. Katniss finds it hard to be liked and she does come across with a hard front that she has put up but she is actually very likeable.
Peeta Mellark is played by Josh Hutcherson, again somebody I had never heard of but is just everything that I expected him to be after reading the book. He is such a sweet gentle character who has strong feelings for Katniss so we see his pain when he realises he is going into the arena with Katniss and only one of them can come out.
Haymitch Abernathy is played by Woody Harrelson who is probably the most well known actor in the film. Haymitch was the victor of the 50th Hunger Games and so he is now District 12's mentor. He is also a drunk! It does seem as though he will be of no use whatsoever as he just spends his days drinking himself into a stupor but he does do all he can to make sure they are ready for the games and tries to make Katniss somewhat more likeable! Haymitch's job is to gain sponsors for the two tributes and this can be very valuable to Katniss and Peeta.
Other characters in the film that stand out are Effie Trinkett who is played by Elizabeth Banks (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci, Murder One) and Cinna who is Katniss's stylist played by Lenny Kravitz! There are other characters who I recognise in the film but all in alleveryone seems perfect for the role and so like I expected in the books so massive credit needs to go to the casting crew!
Well, I absolutely LOVE this film. I went to the cinema to see it three times (and this is someone who very rarely goes to the cinema!!) and have got it downloaded onto my laptop so I can watch it at home too! Everything about this film is just excellent, from the casting to the filming and you experience every emotion possible while watching this film.
One thing I was surprised about when watching the film was the Capitol. In the book it describes the Capitol and the various characters in and around there but it wasn't until I saw it on screen and realised how eccentric the people really are there. Some of the costumes and make up are just so wacky, people with brightly coloured hair, gold tattoo's on their faces and outrageous clothes, even a bright pink poodle! I liked seeing how the characters were so amazed at seeing the expensive things in the Capitol as it is a complete world away from their lives in District 12.
I have to admit I have fallen a little bit in love with Peeta, he is just such a sweet endearing character and I like him more and more each time I watch the film. Gale, who is Katniss's best friend and hunting partner is what can only be described as hot! I have read the books so I know what is to come from Gale in the future so I won't spoil it but I am pleased that he will be featuring in the next film and we can get to see some more of his acting and look at his gorgeous face (!).
The film is rated 12A and I think that this is probably accurate as while there isn't much blood and gore in the film as you would expect when people are fighting to the death it is a bit much for younger people to witness I think. I did expect more violence than there was but this is from someone who loves gory stuff like the Saw films!
It is extremely rare for a film or book to grab and hold my attention in the way the Hunger Games has and I actually can't wait for the new film to come out even though they haven't started filming it yet!! In fact I am already thinking about reading the books again, something that I never thought I would say!! I already have the alert on Amazon to email me as soon as the dvd is available on pre-order!
I highly recommend everyone to go and see this film but I personally would advise you to read the books beforehand as there are some things that are in the book that explain parts that you need to know. However, my brother hadn't read the book before we went and he was able to follow the film easily and loved it. The length of the film is 142 minutes which sounds really long but as it keeps your attention from start to finish it doesn't feel like that long at all.
Thank you for reading my review.