Hunger Games feeds cravings of excited fans
The announcement of “May the odds be ever in your favor,” started the bloodbath that is the 74th Annual Hunger Games as the movie hit theaters March 23.
Long anticipated, the film had a lot of critics to impress. Millions across the world caught the hunger bug that infected them with an unappeasable desire to know the life of Katniss Everdeen.
The pit of that desire couldn’t be completely filled until they saw the book-made-movie on the big screen.
No movie is ever as good as its literary counterpart, Hunger Games included. It’s impossible to show the full scope of someone’s characteristics in the couple of hours that a movie lasts.
Someone who hasn’t read the books might appreciate the well-made film, but it wouldn’t be nearly as intense an experience for them as those who have read it are sure to have.
Since the main action of the movie focuses on teenagers forced to slaughter each other in an arena for public entertainment, it’s no surprise that the film shocks and keeps those in the audience on edge, often holding their breath in anticipation of the next brutal attack.
It’s an emotional ride from the very beginning as main character Katniss offers to take the place of her younger sister Prim when the annual reaping selects her as the female tribute to fight for her home district.
As the story rushes forward, it not only continues entertaining but also silently poses questions about humanity.
Seeing the action played out by real people as opposed to reading about it in a book forces the ideas of oppression, freedom, government control and the debatable goodness and evil of humans into the open, into the arena of the mind, vulnerable to any opposition that might come whizzing toward it.
The majority of the movie will have those who previously read the book thinking, “That’s exactly how I pictured it.”
Some letdowns, however are evident. Hometown friend Gale, played by very-easy-on-the-eyes Liam Hemsworth, barely has any lines in the movie, making it a bit difficult to understand his character and the tight connection he shares with Katniss.
Peeta Mellark, almost comes off as a bullied wimp to be pitied, instead of a confident yet reserved young man.
One of the most entertaining facets of the movie is how the people from the Capitol are portrayed. Colorful and strange in the book, the movie does a great job of showing the surgically altered and vibrantly decorated citizens who find nothing but enjoyment in the annual gladiator-style bloodbath among teenagers.
With a running time right at two and a half hours, the movie is long but never feels like it’s dragging. In fact, the games seem to end rather quickly.
The Hunger Games is definitely a movie that fans will remember, not only by those who have read the books but those who haven’t read them as well.