The Hunger Games [Blu-ray]
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In my personal opinion, both the book and the film are much deeper and much more ambitious, than what most critics and reviewers would make us believe. After reading the reviews in "New York Times", "Le Monde" and on "Msn.com" (to cite only few) I was surprised that they mostly missed everything that is important in this film. With a kind of amused superiority, which people from Capitol in this movie would immediately recognize, the "professional" reviewers pointed at the obvious allusions to gladiator fights, the reality shows, the importance of trashy entertainment in today's TV, the search for a new franchise able to replace "Twilight", etc., etc.
But they almost entirely failed to see, that this film is first and above all about much more important things: how to keep hope, not lose the courage and preserve humanity and dignity under a totalitarian oppressive regime.
I believe that almost everybody now knows that when writing "Hunger Games" Susan Collins attempted basically a modern (even futurist) retelling of the old Greek myth of Theseus and Minotaur. According to this ancient tale, after losing a war, every year the city of Athens had to send a tribute of seven young men and seven maidens to the king of Crete. Once there the young people were locked in the Labyrinth, to be devoured by the monster Minotaur. This yearly punishment and humiliation lasted until Theseus, crown prince of Athens, volunteered to be one of the tributes and once locked in the Labyrinth he defeated and killed the Minotaur.
In "Hunger Games" what was once United States (and I think also Canada) is now called the Panem.Read more ›
[**SPOILER WARNING** I'm assuming readers are familiar with the novel, so some plot elements will be discussed in this review.]
Don't get me wrong, this is a slick and well-made film, with plenty of action and a sensational performance from Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen. The settings are well done, especially the Capitol in all its crazy-colored chic-ness and over-the-top luxury. District 12, the poorest district in Panem, is believably presented as well, complete with starving people dressed in rags and walking like zombies to their depressing jobs. The scene of the "Reaping" is chillingly done, and the scenes of Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) getting primped and trained in the Capitol hit perfect satiric notes (it's all so "reality TV," which is what makes it all so believable).
What doesn't work are the scenes of the Games themselves. From the start, Ross misses the mark. When the Games are seconds from beginning, the 24 teens are standing in a semi-circle, staring down at weapons and backpacks strewn about around the Cornucopia as they wait for the countdown to hit zero. We need to feel what they're feeling. We need to feel their terror, their horror, and yes, even their excitement. But Ross doesn't let us feel any of that.Read more ›
I wanted to like this movie more & had I not read the book first, I probably would have. However, reading the book first provides so much back story that you can actually follow what's going on & understand the 'why's & 'how's that I think are, for the most part, lost in the movie.
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Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast are so amazing, I could watch this movie a hundred times and find something new to like each time.Published 1 day ago by Joan M. Bouchard
I read the books, yes I am over 50 and enjoyed them, this movie, though not true to the book, was a fairly good visual rendition.Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
I love this movie but for some reason it would not play.. It never played when I tried to access it.. Weird...Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Im not usually a fan of this kind of film but there was something about this that I really liked. Ill watch it again.Published 3 days ago by Trish
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|DVD/Blu-Ray release date?||
ETA: Never mind my earlier long-winded analysis because I'm wrong. The date is August 18th.
May 6, 2012 by shelly v | See all 4 posts
|Hunger Games movie blows.||
OK. It wasn't Oscar material but I thought it entertaining. There were many ways to improve it I think. The book was more into the revolutionary aspect whereas the movie was more into explaining the bloodthirsty crowds of the Capitol and the "reality" TV game show -- almost like The... Read More
Mar 28, 2012 by Critic's Corner | See all 7 posts