The Hunger Games Movie Review

Winning means fame and wealth.

Losing means certain death.

The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian version of the future where, every year, one girl and one boy are from each of the twelve districts are selected to take part in the Hunger Games – a contest where all twenty-four tributes are released into an arena and forced to fight till the death… until there is only a lone victor remaining. Every single moment is televised everyone you see is out to kill you.

I had very high expectations for this movie: the book is brilliant, and so I expected the film to be brilliant too. I’m always so nervous when books become films because the directors tend to stray too far from the original plot.

But I’m pleased to say that the Hunger Games movie was pretty darn close to perfection!

Sure, they missed out some things. The Avox girl that Katniss recognised wasn’t there; it wasn’t Madge who gave Katniss the Mockingjay pin; and in the Arena, Peeta didn’t get blood poisoning. And of course, they had to fit the three weeks of the book into two hours of film, so everything seemed to progress a lot faster.

But still, they only missed out the most minute of details. Everything important from the book was in there: the reaping scene, the train to the Capitol, the interviews.

The Capitol was fantastic. The costumes that the citizens wore were insane and incredible, with crazy coloured wigs and lashings of make-up. Apparently, they had over three thousand extras for the Capitol scenes alone! The scenery of the Capitol was amazing too. Everything was marble and sleek and ultra-modern, in sharp contrast with the poverty of the outer districts.

I’m not ashamed to say that I cried during the movie. Even though I knew what was coming, I still cried like a baby. That, if nothing else, is proof that the film is (almost) as good as the book! I’ve heard rumours that even sixteen-year-old guys have sobbed during this!

I can’t criticize the acting, either; whoever did the casting did it well! Cato was just as terrifying, evil and slightly insane as he was in the book; Rue was just as sweet and adorable; and Effie was just as condescending, patronising and irritating as her fictional counterpart.

If you haven’t seen it yet… what’s taking you so long? This movie is not to be missed. And if you want to enjoy it even more, and find out exactly what’s going through Katniss’s head every second of the way, don’t forget to read the book too!

If you have seen it already, all you diehard fans… tell me what you thought! Was it what you expected?

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Reaping Day

Tomorrow is the big day. Tomorrow everything happens. Tomorrow our fates are decided. Tomorrow is the day of reaping.

I’m so scared, more scared than I’ve ever been in my life. I shouldn’t be. I know I shouldn’t be… but I keep thinking of those twenty-six white slips of paper with my name written on. Twenty-six. What if I get chosen? What if my name is read out? What if, this year, I’m the tribute?

I hate this, hate the way my life has come down to statistics. It seems so cold and heartless. The probability of me being chosen is twenty-six out of four hundred. But the chance of me surviving? Zero.

By far the worst thing is the fact that everyone from the Capitol is saying what a big honour it is, to be chosen to represent our district, and how we should be proud and excited. We are not proud or excited. We are terrified. In the weeks leading up to this, district 12 has been growing quieter and quieter. I pass other teenagers in the streets and their gaunt, lifeless expressions mirror my own. Mothers cry at night in terror that their children will be taken from them.

I feel so sorry for Janie… her little sister has just turned twelve. This will be her very first reaping. Her name will only be in there once, but Janie is so, so worried. I am too. Her sister looks more like six than twelve. Against the career tributes, she wouldn’t last an hour.

This system is cruel and unjust. Every year, one girl and one boy aged between twelve and eighteen are chosen from every district. That’s twenty-four in all. And twenty-three of those young people are slaughtered. And everyone, from every district, is required by law to watch.

Memories of the past Hunger Games flit through my head. So many ways to be killed. Poisonous plants, dehydration, heatstroke, hypothermia. And starvation, of course – why else would it be called the Hunger Games? And those are just the natural causes of death. Don’t forget there are also twenty-three heavily armed tributes trying to murder you. Bow and arrow, spear, sword, javelin, crossbow. Every time I close my eyes I see the colour red. Blood-red.

Oh, I wish this was over. It soon will be. In twenty-four hours it’ll be over in some way or another. I’ll be as free as a bird… or another doomed tribute. I’m so scared that I feel like this is all a dream. Nothing feels real any more.

But it’s getting late. I’d better go to bed. I won’t be able to sleep a wink.

Hunger Games Movie Offical Trailer

It’s finally here! The official trailer for the Hunger Games movie has been released.

It looks AMAZING. The lines are straight out the book and it stays true to Suzanne Colin’s descriptions. The trailer hooked me completely and I am getting so desperate to find out what happens! I really hope that the rest of the movie is as exhilarating as the trailer makes it seem. I want to be glued to the screed. I’m so excited, I just can’t wait.

May I just add that I adored the costumes? Effie looked astonishing, exactly like someone from the Capitol should; fake, over-the-top and ridiculous. We caught a brief glimpse of Katniss’s ‘Girl On Fire’ dress and she just looked stunning. Lastly, I thought that the district costumes that all the tributes wore in training (the red, grey and black outfit) was very appropriately militarist.

Hunger Games Movie

The new updates for the Hunger Games movie are tantalizing and so amazing! We are shown the main characters, and a sneak peek of the movie; enough to get you obsessed and all fired-up but not nearly enough! WE NEED MORE.

I am so desperate for the movie to come out. For those of you that aren’t aware, the release date is March 23rd, 2012. The movie is a PG-13 and is directed by Gary Ross.

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) looks amazing. She looks just like how I imagined her to be, although they chose to substitue her braid for a simple plait.

Once again, I have been struck by how adorable they are making Rue . Her character has got ‘innocent’ written all over it! They have got her exactly right.

The cast is as follows:

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.

Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne.

Alexander Ludwig as Cato.

Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen.

Jacqueline Emerson as Foxface.

 Peeta Mellark, the bakers’ son, and the male tribute from District 12.

 

Katniss Everdeen, the female tribute from District 12.

Hunger Games Movie

The first book of the Hunger Games trilogy is being made into a movie! I am very excited as the books are pure genius. In case you haven’t read them, this is a brief synopsis:

In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch by law. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

I’ve have been worried that Jennifer Lawrence (who plays Katniss) didn’t look right for the part. She was too blonde, too grown-up, and far too perfect to portray Katniss. But I am happy to say that,  judging from the picture above, she is beginning to looks how I imagined her and how she is described in the books. Rue also looks the part, but she’s too cute! I will cry for sure when I watch the movie.

Hopefully it will be coming out on the 23rd March 2012 and will be a PG-13. I absolutely recommend getting down the cinemas and watching this movie. Or, if you like, read the books. They are so clever, so gripping, so creative, that you won’t be able to put them down.

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