The Hunger Games Review THIS MAY CONTAIN INFORMATION THAT RUINS THE STORY. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
When I went to see The Hunger Games, I had mixed feelings. I was excited to see the movie, but I was worried that they would ruin the movie, and make it completely different from the book. Those of you who read The Lightning Thief, and then saw the movie and hated it, know what I’m talking about.
But thankfully, the movie was not disappointing. The beggining, which was set in District 12, led up well to the reaping. The reaping , in which Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her sister’s place in The Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV, was done very well, and though District 12 was not how I imagined it while reading the books, it looked very real.
The Capitol, was amazing. It fit the description in the book, where the citizens were altered so they have things such as cat whiskers, gems implanted into their skin, and other oddities that the Capitol views as fashion. The set for The Capitol was very nicely done as well.
In The Capitol, Katniss, and Peeta Mellark, the male tribute, meet Cinna, their stylist. Cinna designs for them a costume which is a black suit, and that is lit with synthetic flame, and gives them the appearance of being on fire. The tributes than train together, and Katniss impresses the Gamemakers, the people who control the artificial arena where the tributes train, by shooting an apple out of a roast pig.
In the interviews, Katniss wears a scarlet dress, that Cinna designs to flame when Katniss spins, and earns the title “Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire.” Peeta also confesses that he has had a crush on Katniss for as long as he can remember.
This brings me to discuss something that was a key in the film: Reality television. The Hunger Games is a fight to the death on live TV, where children murder other children. Only one out of twenty-four kids live. How different really is this from reality television. I’m not talking about shows like Iron Chef, or America’s Got Talent, but things like The Real Housewives, where people tear lives apart. No, it’s not killing a person, but it still hurts people.
Caeser Flickerman ,was portrayed very well, and it was very well done how they would show Caesar interviewing Seneca Crane, or running commentary on the games.
The games themselves were very good, although I would advise audiences under thirteen to stay away because of the violence. Mainly it showed Katniss, but there were moments where they would show Caesar Flickerman’s commentary, or they would show the gamemakers devising some sort of death-trap for Katniss to fall into.
The love story between Katniss and Peeta was not quite as exaggerated in the movie, but the nightlock scene was very well done, and it led up very well to the next movie. It is very clear that they will be making another movie, and the series will most likely be a trilogy like the book.
It was a great movie, and it stayed true to the book. I highly recommend it for audiences age 13 and up.
4.5 stars out of 5