The Hunger Games – Film Review

Duration: 2 hrs 22 mins

Rating: 12A

Release Date(UK): March 23 2012

Genre: Adventure, drama, science fiction, young adult,

Director: Gary Ross

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci…

Description: Katniss Everdeen is a seventeen-year-old girl who has been caring and protecting her younger sister and mother since her father died some years ago. Every year there is a fight to the death between children selected from the poorer areas of the country, this is called The Hunger Games. When Katniss’ sister Prim gets selected to compete in these games, it’s Katniss’ job to protect her sister and so she volunteers to take her sister’s place in the games, but now she’s got to learn to protect herself. And murder innocent children…

My Thoughts: There is no point in commenting on the storyline of this film as I have reviewed the book, and talk about the story there.  So I’m going to talk about all the things that make it a film rather than a book.

I’ve seen this film before a number of times, and I still remember the first time I ever saw it about three years ago, I remember feeling that it was all wrong. That everything looked wrong, but I am going to talk about that now.

Although the interior of bedrooms and houses were different in my imagination – they were much more basic than they are in the film, the characters were amazing! I am so impressed with the cast and how they portray their characters; Katniss and Peeta are exactly as I imagined them to be, they are like spot on character wise; Haymitch was one of the particularly well played characters that stood out to me, he is played exactly the way I pictured him down to every last detail, if I had been the director of this film there is not a single thing I would have changed about Haymitch’s character and the way Woody Harrelson portrayed him; Effie was another, I love how over the top and enthusiastic she is, I think Elizabeth Banks did a really fantastic job.

After re-reading The Hunger Games recently I realised how much they missed out, not important things necessarily so it might have been a bit boring to add them but I feel like they missed out quite a few details about the past and I also feel like they changed Katniss and Peeta’s relationship, I feel like they have different relationships in the film and book, they change the chemistry and don’t explain Peeta’s love for her properly and from knowing people that have seen The Hunger Games without reading the books they think it’s all just an act and that neither of them love each other and I think it should have been clearer in the film that Katniss had confusing emotions towards Peeta. I also feel like they cut out quite a few characters that I considered to be important to the story and important to how Katniss turned out as a person.

I loved the scene of the reaping (the choosing ceremony when they decide who’s going into the games.), I loved the atmosphere of it, the way everything’s so silent and how anti-capitol and defiant it feels. And how abnormal it sounds when Katniss is screaming for her sister and volunteering to take her place and then everyone does what can only be described as The Hunger Games salute. I think that scene is done so well, it gave me goosebumps and brought a tear to my eye. An incredibly moving scene.

Some of the styling things in this film were great as well:

  • Katniss’ outfits could be incredible at times, I envied them.
  • Katniss’ hairstyles could be impeccably perfect and I envied them to.
  • Senacre Crane’s really fancy beard was stunning.

When I watch The Hunger Games it makes me feel disgusted with myself at times, and I know it seems stupid, but sometimes I feel like I’m viewed as one of the capitol people; someone who dresses completely over the top, who has completely over the top hair and make-up and it makes me feel like a horrible rich person who doesn’t have a care in the world really, compared to what poorer people have to go through. Another thing that I dislike when watching The Hunger Games is I honestly believe that we live in a society that is so messed up and sick that maybe in the future we actually will have something like The Hunger Games to keep people in check, and that most of all scares the hell out of me.

Although I previously said that they missed out a load of scenes and characters, the scenes from the book that they did do were spot on, completely spot on there wasn’t a single thing that I would have done differently.

It wasn’t only the reaping scene that gave me goosebumps, there were lots of scenes like that, it was very goosebump worthy.

I loved the danger of it, love might not be the right word. Maybe tension and suspense? I was on the edge of my seat every second and I have to say the ending, it’s the best freakin’ bit in the whole film, it gives me goosebumps and it actually makes me terrified of what the consequences might be because of their errors. It’s just so suspenseful and terrifying. It also made me cry a little bit… just a little bit.

4 and a half stars/5.

If you haven’t already, I would definitely watch this film because it’s really amazing and insightful and I think it’s a film that everyone should watch. Maybe not over the Christmas period though, because it’s kind of depressing…

If you have, however watched this film please comment and tell me your thoughts, or – if you have one – give a link to your own review in the comments section, I would love to read it!

Warnings: alcohol is consumed, some kissing, gore, violence and some scenes might be upsetting. For full details click the link to the IMDb parental guide:

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information about the film and cast, please click the link:

Other Information: The Hunger Games was originally the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins and published by Scholastic.

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