Sunday, April 1, 2012

Review Of : The Hunger Games

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Just watched "THE HUNGER GAMES" courtesy of GSC cinemas. 
I know many of you might have already watched this movie. :P

Directed By Gray Ross 

Starring  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Synopsis: Based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name. In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 13 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female rep, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Highly recommended to read the book first before watching the film.

First & foremost, the movie had left out a few parts that's in the book. If you're just going to walk into the cinema, you might not really understand the details of the movie. Such as Katniss' & the Districts' background, etc. The movie didn't really went off from the book but some of the audience might be a little confused at certain scenes ( as to why does this happen? or what is that? etc.)  The novel was written in Katniss' point of view (mostly in monologue), therefore it might be kind of difficult for Ross to direct such film and make it "understandable" for the audience. But he actually did it by making the movie from different perspective ( e.g. the hosts explaining the game, conversations, etc.) 

The film might be a little "slow" at the beginning and also the unnecessary usage of the "shaky-camera" style during the first few scenes in District 12 and also in later scenes . A number of reviewers actually state that the movie could've been better if the fight scenes were more intense (aka violent, bloodshed, etc. etc. :p). But, because of Ross wanting the movie to be rated as PG-13, the violent scenes was reduced to showing the audience parts of killing quickly and stabs, cut off from the screen. 

In my opinion, despite all that, the movie was actually quite good. Could have been better though. 

Most of the lines & dialogues was mentioned in the film as I imagined while reading the novel. The characters were really brought up by the actors really well as described in the book. (:
Most of the plot wasn't much altered but they're quite a number of scenes removed, sadly.Maybe because of time constrain. :/ 
The music composed for this film really played well with the scenes in the film. 

I'm really looking forward to Catching Fire (which will be the sequel to this movie expected to be out in 2013) to be better.(:

My Rating?

Plot : 3.5/5
Storyline : 3.75/5
Effects** : 4/5
OVERALL : 7.5/10.



Jayy... said...

yeah, books are always more detailed. :)

Ain Yasmin said...

it's hard for a movie to be in-depth as the books but great review :)

JΞMS£Ɲ said...

@Jayy..., Agreed. :)

@Ain Yasmin, Yeah, ahah. thanks! :)

redlomo said...

the movie u must see.. everyone on planet

Movie Rating Guide. :)

Lately, I've changed my movie ratings a little. (:

Plot :

is the flow & structural plot of the movie itself.

Storyline :

the overall idea & the concept of the movie.


The character's overall acting & character built-up in the movie. Or for animation, the voices & character built-up too.

Effects* :

The visual effects, 3D effects, movie scores/music, graphics, animation of a movie respective to it's genre.

SO, there it is. Thanks! :)