The Hunger Games Hits Theaters Worldwide

By: Taylor Whittemore

The Hunger Games book has been a widespread bestseller for a while now, so nobody was surprised when Lionsgate announced they would be making a movie adaptation of the book. Fans were immediately excited, and waited anxiously as Lionsgate slowly announced the cast.

The Hunger Games is a fictional annual event where the Capitol, which rules the remains of North America (now called Panem), forces each of the twelve districts to choose one female and one male tribute between the ages of 12 and 18. They are picked at random in an event called a “Reaping”. The tributes are then sent to the Capitol, where they are trained, interviewed, and introduced to the eccentric Capitol citizens. After that, they are thrown into the Hunger Games, a death match where twenty-three tributes end up dead, and a lone victor remains.

Katniss Everdeen, the main protagonist, volunteered for the Hunger Games in order to protect someone she loved, and Peeta Mellark, a supporting protagonist, was chosen to go into the Hunger Games alongside her. The movie generally focuses on Katniss’ participation in the Hunger Games, but it occasionally shows scenes from the Gamemakers, who run the Hunger Games, and scenes with both Seneca Crane, head Gamemaker who oversees the Hunger Games, and President Snow, leader of the Hunger Games. The scenes with the Gamemakers and the two people who provide the commentary for the Hunger Games, Caesar Flickerman and Claudius Templesmith, provide background information for the viewer.

Katniss is played by Jennifer Lawrence, who also appeared in X-Men: First Class and Winter’s Bone. Gale is played by Liam Hemsworth, and Peeta is played by Josh Hutcherson. President Snow, the main antagonist, is played by Donald Sutherland. Other actors starring in this film include Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Willow Shields, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz. (All credits from http://www.imdb.com)

The Hunger Games is rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images. However, during most of the violent scenes, the movie rapidly switched camera angles, giving it a very scattered, disorienting feel. However, the violence is very obvious and plays a major theme, and there is much bloodshed throughout the movie.

The plot moves at a slower pace before the characters enter the Hunger Games, for they must be introduced to the Capitol citizens. However, this allows the viewer to connect with the characters more, for you learn more about their personality and relationships with one another. After the characters enter the Hunger Games, the film seems to move at a much quicker pace. The ending was quite abrupt.

Character development was very subtle, for the movie takes place over less than a month. However, if the audience plays close attention, they will notice changes in the character’s actions and behaviors. Many of these changes were in effect of the events the characters were forced to undergo.

Despite the slight changes in character development, there is a lot of growth in relationships with different characters. Many characters that had never interacted in the beginning of the film were quite close by the ending, and vice versa. This also often happens due to the events within the movie.

Because the Hunger Games takes place in a futuristic society, the technology and science are more advanced than today’s. As a result of that, computer generated graphics played a rather large role. The graphics were very neat, and, though the animation was restrained a little due to the short amount of time, it was done well. The audio was also very clear and defined. Most of the songs within the movie did not have any words, and were just musical tracks.

The script was written in a very natural way, and overall the dialogue seemed very realistic. There were slight touches of humor and several dramatic lines.

The movie, albeit very close to the book, was a little different, though the overall plot was mostly the same. There were many times when there were slight alterations from what was in the book, or scenes had been removed or added. The appearances of the cast of the movie often conflicted with the description in the books, and a decent amount of scenes from the book were either altered, with the dialogue changed, or completely removed. Overall, however, feedback to the movie was positive.

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