Sound Off: Gary Ross' 'The Hunger Games' - So What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
March 23, 2012
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? May the Odds be Ever in your Favor. It's finally here, the movie that fans of Suzanne Collins' book series have been waiting for, The Hunger Games. Starring Jennifer Lawrence as the girl from District 12, Katniss, who ignites a fire in Panem when she battles 23 other young tributes at the Hunger Games, including Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson, from her own District. So how is Gary Ross' adaptation of this post-apocalyptic sci-fi story? Is it as good as everyone is saying, or even better? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on The Hunger Games.
"Katniss Everdeen - the girl on fire!" I really love this movie, genuinely love it. It took a second viewing for it to really hit me, but I love it, I love what Gary Ross has created, the delicately sci-fi world he plays in, the subtleties and nuances, yet the gritty, stark realism of it all. I love how it starts off and just picks up and moves—I wouldn't say quickly considering how long it is—but it definitely takes on you an adventure with Katniss and doesn't ever let up until then end—even at the end it still doesn't let up, and I'm already excited to see the next one. Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic, Elizabeth Banks is adorable, Stanley Tucci is the best talk show host I think I've ever seen in a sci-fi (except for Ruby Rhod, of course), Lenny Kravitz is a wonderful Cinna, Woody Harrelson is a fun, drunk mentor who I hope we see more of. Everything about it was great.
A few of my favorites: Josh Hutcherson, my goodness is he underrated, I thought he was outstanding in this. Sure, that cave stuff was campy, but I think he did the best he could to play what he was supposed to, it's his arc and transformation and the character he plays overall that impressed me the most. However, I really loved the epic feeling Gary Ross builds with the post-apocalyptic world around them, with that one riot scene after Rue and the three finger salute, that was the moment that made me think "holy crap yes, this is amazing!" It had a brief Lord of the Rings feel, that this one girl from District 12 could change the world, just by being who she was. That's the moment that secured my love for this, and I can't wait to see it again.
What did you think of The Hunger Games? One of the best sci-fi movies of the year, or worst? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!