I have made the decision to begin reviewing movies regardless of whether I have seen them or not, so more movie reviews will be coming! I will be going home this weekend for Thanksgiving break and intend to see at least Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World. As a precursor to viewing those two films, I thought I would watch the originals. So here’s a toast to more WordsofWisTIM movie reviews!!! Let’s get this show on the road shall we.
I never read the books (gosh, I feel like I’ve said this for every movie!) but the Hunger Games trailer presented me with an interesting tale that intrigued me and so I gave it a shot.
For those who haven’t seen it, the Hunger Games takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where every year a boy and girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district must compete in a fight to the death free-for-all. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers herself for the competition when her 12-year old sister Primrose is randomly selected for the tournament. Accompanying Katniss is Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), a baker’s son. Oh, and by the way, Katniss is a boss with a bow.
The introduction to the plot is brief but not so brief that I don’t know what is going on. While I would have liked to have known the basics of how everything became the way it is, it’s not stuff that I have to know to follow the story. The supporting cast does a good job with what they’re given although it’s nothing exceptional. Hutcherson does a great job with Peeta’s character and his character is integral to the plot as he helps bring out character development from Katniss. Until Peeta gets her talking, I really don’t know who Katniss is and aside from being able to connect with defending your younger sibling, I’ve got nothing to relate to.
The tournament itself doesn’t begin until at least a half hour in, maybe more, but that didn’t bother me because I preferred the backstory. While it didn’t give me a lot about Katniss, it gave me knowledge about the setting, what’s going on, and about some of the supporting cast.
Once the action starts going, suspense and intensity are present throughout most of it, although a few times you scratch your head like really? However, few they are, so it’s not the end of the world. I was expecting a little more action then I got but it was a fun watch and better than the norm.
Once again, if you’re new to my blog, I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.
50-59 This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Total Recall, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Along Came Polly, Aliens, Alien Resurrection)
40-49 This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot Games, The Great Gatsby, Pitch Black, Alien)
20-29 What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All Fears)
0-19 Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight Cowboy, Dark Fury, Alien 3)
My score for The Hunger Games: 83.
This is a good start for a movie series. It wasn’t a must-buy, but if the sequels prove to be improvements, it could become one.
*SPOILER ALERT* IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE SPOILED, STOP READING!!!
The romance story between Peeta and Katniss seems sincere and I genuinely care about the two of them. It will be interesting to see how Gale comes into the fold in the sequel.
One thing I didn’t like about this movie was when she gets stung by those bees and she’s totally out of it and she collapses, she’s saved by Rue. When Katniss finally wakes up, Rue says she’s been unconscious for three days. What? You mean she was out for three days next to what appeared to be a commonly traveled path and no one saw her? Rue didn’t have to fight with anyone the whole time? Didn’t even have to hide herself and Katniss from a nearby passerby? That seemed highly unlikely to me. The map didn’t look that big and unless Cato and his minions are incredibly stupid and walk in circles, I have no idea how they wouldn’t have run into them. I just thought that was a little sketchy.