Movie: The Hunger Games


 

I’d vaguely heard about the books, just vaguely. In that I heard there were books.

So I’ve not been eagerly awaiting this film like much of the world seems to have. By the way, does the author get paid more if the film does super-well?

I only go as there’s nothing else I particularly want to watch and what started grimly actually has some humour so I’m pleasantly surprised after about 20 minutes. At first it felt like I was watching in monochrome and then someone remembered to switch on the colour. The story is of a future America, led by the president (Donald Sutherland) although it is not explained how the country got into a state in that the rich were rich and the poor were given jobs to do depending on what ‘district’ they lived in and they still had to hunt for food, starving. There’s clearly been some sort of unexplained war and/or rebellion/uprising.

We the audience are rooting for the two people, male and female, who are randomly selected from District 12 to fight in the Hunger Games, the annual national contest where everyone kills each other and there is only one victor. Thank heavens for Woody Harrelson who plays the good time mentor to District 12; having been a victor himself, he is now one of the privileged rich. The star of the show is a very camped up Stanley Tucci, playing the Hunger Games TV host, now on my very short list of actors that make any film watchable.

It’s better than I thought and had me gripped for about 70% of the film but I’m not in a rush to a. read the books or b. see the next one

7/10

Smile factor 5/10 – Just Stanley Tucci and Woody Harrellson

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3 thoughts on “Movie: The Hunger Games

  1. Yes it does start in black and white and then the colour is filled in – you kind of have to pay attention or you think your eyes are going funny.

    I thought it was explained at the beginning. The future America is called Panem and it’s divided into 13 districts depending on what they can supply to the capitol. President Snow (Donald S) is in charge over them all. 74 years ago there is an uprising by District 13 against the Capitol but it doesn’t work out. The Hunger Games are then the way to remind everyone what happened and why they shouldn’t step out of line. Each child between 12 and 18 has their name put into the big bowl. They can ask for extra food but they have to put their names in more times. This is why it’s so strange that Prim’s name comes up because her name is only in there once.

    Eventually this is what causes the divide. Katniss is from 12 which is one of the poorest as you get closer to the Capitol there is more money – which is why when they get to the Capitol there is more food than they’ve ever seen in their lives (not so well show in the films that’s definitely a book moment).

    Woody plays a guy called Haymitch – it’s not so well shown in the film but he’s supposed to be an alcoholic as that’s how he deals with the things that he saw in the Hunger Games when he was victor. He lives in District 12 but is given riches and food etc. because he was a winner.

    Stanley Tucci is amazing as the Presenter (but I can’t remember his character name!). I loved Katniss’s fire dress – there were all sorts of discussions across the fashion magazines about “What the Fire Dress would be like?” Some of the top magazines that took the time to draw it look really rubbish!

    Sorry epic comment (I really liked the books and the film was okay but was better if you discounted the books)

    • Thank you!

      I got the reason at the start but thought it was glossed over quite a bit.
      Forgot about the fire dress – loved it!
      Didn’t get that Haymitch was an actual alcoholic – interesting.

      A lot of people now want to read the books!

  2. You can read it as a sort of parable? on Capitalism. The rich doing OK-as they are doing-and the rest maltreated and killed off? Could even happen this century according to some Climate change experts.

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