So, for our very first installment of the movie review, I’m going to go big. MTV Movie Awards winner, Teen Choice nominee, among several others, today’s movie is going to be “The Hunger Games.”
I just began reading the book as the movie came out so I saw it somewhat later than most. My very opinionated mother went with some friends to see it and reported back that evening that “it was appalling how the movie depicted children just killing each other!” After hearing her account, I was expecting something much more graphic, but then again I am a touch desensitized to violence being a child of 80’s slasher films. Plus I read the book… and I think that made all the difference.
Of course, being an author I’m going to tell everyone to “READ THE BOOK!” But in this case, I think it is almost imperative. The movie is enjoyable, but getting all the details to fit into a two hour window is somewhat difficult in any case, and in this one, seemed impossible. Many of the movie’s themes and ideas seemed somewhat underdeveloped when compared to the book. One of which is why children are killing each other. I can understand my mom’s reaction. I’ll leave it at that since I don’t want to throw out any spoilers, but as always, the movie is a great supplement for reading the book. (I’ll quite with that now).
So to get to the actual movie review… I thought the casting was phenomenal. Lenny Kravitz as Cinna… Please Hollywood, cast Lenny in more movies. Mama loves him… Also, Jennifer Lawrence was a wonderful Katniss Everdeen. Not only is she actually from Kentucky (probably somewhere reasonably close to where District 12 would have actually been), but she is a beautiful young lady, who looks strong and capable of being a great female lead in an action movie. i.e. – not emaciated and waif-like. It’s reasonable to assume she could pick up a bow and run through the woods without falling over from starvation.
Overall, I thought this was a fun movie.