Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games’

I just got home from watching ‘The Hunger Games’. I have to admit, I really haven’t been following the hype. In fact, I was rather reluctant to see the film that I’ve heard described as the new ‘Twilight’. But since ‘THG’ was filmed in North Carolina and I do love a good dystopian film, I conned a good friend of mine into joining me.

I’m glad that I haven’t read the books yet so I could go into this film without any expectations of what it should or shouldn’t look like.

I thought this was a beautiful film. I love the contrast of colors between District 12 and the Capital. One dreary and subdued, the other bright and vibrant. The scenes that spoke most to me, hands down, were the ones with Rue and the rebellion of District 11 – I’m not going to spoil it for you by going into detail, but I feel that those scenes were really powerful and showed what type of character Katniss was and her influence on the society.

I appreciate that they didn’t dehumanize all of the tributes. I feel like if the violence had been more gratuitous, we would have forgotten that these “warriors” were just kids. You feel bad with them. I feel like all sorts of psychology papers could be written on the ideas that this movie represents. Maybe I’ll write more about that one day.

The set design and costumes were fabulous. I’m considered adding one more costume to my DragonCon rotation, if only I could narrow down which one. I wouldn’t mind doing Katniss’ Reaping Dress or even her outfit during the actual game.

The only thing that I really didn’t like about this movie was that I didn’t feel that there was much chemistry between Katniss and Peeta. Maybe I’m just used to more of the romantic comedy type of sexual tension. But I thought that Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson (what a cutie) did a fabulous job of making characters that you really feel for.

Anyway, I’m eagerly awaiting the next movie! It’s late, I’m starting to not make sense, so I’m headed off to bed.

As always, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

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