‘Happy hunger games and may the odds be ever in your favour’
The Hunger Games is said to be the new twilight and that it is apart from the vampires, one might go to say that it is possibly better! The film brings a new idea that hasn’t been seen before, the concept of children fighting to the death. It seems a little far fetched but once you get past the unrealistic story line, then it becomes a great film.
This film isn’t sure what genre to be so presents itself as a mystery and suspense/ science/ drama/fantasy. Yet it does seem to take elements from all. It’s based on the book by Suzanne Collins; the film takes place in a dystopia post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem, with a wealthy capitol and twelve lesser districts. Each year a boy and girl from each district are chosen to fight to death in an annual televised event which is controlled by the Capitol, until only one remains where upon they are blessed with the ‘honour’ of success. The Huger Games began as punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol. Do they do it to send a message of fear to the civilians? No it is for entertainment, it’s to present the feeling of hope, for ‘hope is stronger than fear but to much hope is dangerous’ The Capitol give the contestants a sensation of hope, yet with only one winner all hope is lost.
The opening scene shows the hardness of life from district twelve, and the ‘reaping’ process in order for the two tributes from that district to be chosen. But when Primrose Everdeen is picked in her first year her older sister Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers in her place. Instantly she is the one the audience will back, and for the boy – Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), a baker’s son.
The actors are convincing in their roles, each works singularly well on their own, but the relationships formed are just as convincing. Lawrence maintains that just got out of the shower look when everyone else is covered in wounds and dirt, but that isn’t unusual for a main female character. She suits both roles that are required, the dress up and look pretty role for when being interview, but also the fight and get injured role when out in the arena too. The sister relationship between Katniss and Primrose is heart-warming and presents the closeness of their family. Later on when in competition Katniss forms a reliance with twelve year old Rue, who reminds her of her younger sister Prim, Lawrence’s talent shines through in the scene of Rue’s death.
Lawrence and Hutcherson make a believable pair of ‘star-crossed lovers’ yet in Katniss’ eyes it is merely a ploy to get the audience on their side. Due to their appearing affections, midway through the game a rule change is announced, stating that if two tributes from the same district are left then they both survive. And guess what? They both survive, we knew this would happen from the moment they kissed.
The whole film follows a predictable route, Katniss doesn’t die, and of course the hero never dies. But that doesn’t stop the suspense created from fight scenes, which present moments leaving you thinking how can she get out of this?
From the second the game officially begins so does the killing, the majority of tributes rush to the centre where weapons and essentials are provided. Here the slaughtering begins with eleven tributes being killed. The shots show all the action taking place but without showing to much of the killing, yet we still get the feeling of mass murder. It is not as vicious as to be expected, yes the film is about the killing to the death but it’s more about the survival, as Katniss never kills unless she has too. She enters trying to win, but does so with pride and integrity.
Before the hunger game begins, tributes are taken to the Capitol to be trained and showed off to the world. Whilst the build up before the event starts, you almost forget the game that is to come and enjoy the little glimpse of luxury they receive first. All members of society in the Capitol look like something out of a Tim Burton film, take Elizabeth Banks for example who plays Effie Trinket.
If there is anything that this film is missing then it’s not making more of the sponsors. The sponsors send in gifts to tributes who they like, such as medicine and food. However we never see much about how they get these sponsors on their side, so when Katniss receives gifts she so desperately needs we have no clue who sent them.
We see the character of Gale Hawthorne played by Liam Hemsworth at the start, yet nothing more is seen or mentioned of him, and why would you not put him in when you have a hunk like that to take advantage of?
It constantly has comparisons to Twilight being drawn out but in actual fact it is nothing alike, in fact The Hunger Games is better. If you have read the book see the film, if you haven’t then go and see it anyway, otherwise you are sure to miss out on this fantastic success.