[Film Review] The Hunger Games (2012)

Title: The Hunger Games
Year: 2012
Language: English
Country: USA
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director: Gary Ross
Writers:
Gary Ross
Suzanne Collins
Billy Ray
based on the novel of Suzanne Collins
Music: James Newton Howard
Cinematography: Tom Stern
Cast:
Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Stanley Tucci
Woody Harrelson
Elizabeth Banks
Toby Jones
Donald Sutherland
Lenny Kravitz
Wes Bentley
Alexander Ludwig
Isabelle Fuhrman
Liam Hemsworth
Willow Shileds
Amandla Stenberg
Dayo Okeniyi
Paula Malcomson
Leven Rambin
Rating: 7.3/10

A cinema-going to watch this YA Sci-Fi phenomenon, although the red-hot Jennifer Lawrence being the only impetus behind, actually the film is quite satisfactory, with a few inevitable grudges, among which is the shakily giddy cinematography, it may intend to be stylish and intimate, a caveat, one should not sit too near the big screen and it is not well-manipulated.

The film’s narrative pans out with proficient momentum, especially  before the game time, and its stunning sets and props show great promise, but when the contestant-eliminating game begins, there is deficit in imagination and the special effects slightly falls flat.

The film has already instigates a TWILIGHT-sega triumph in the North American market, of which the worldwide popularity may fall short, but the sensational trend is irreversible, and as myself has completely sidelined TWILIGHT-sega, THE HUNGER GAMES is on a long run to be conquering an even wider demography (a more maturer one for sure).

The performances are pleasantly orchestrated, an Oscar-nominated Jennifer Lawrence does strike a memorable and convincing embodiment of our heroin, imbues her a role-model paradigm for the young generation around her age, she is invincible in nearly all her scenes, grabbing all the attention and only a polychromatic talk-show compére Stanley Tucci could steal some meager thunder from her. Among others, Josh Hutcherson is controversially add some juice to the flavor, I haven’t read the novels, so his character maybe have more space to show off his personal panache in the sequels if he is supposed to be the male leader.

The killing is much diluted by the scratchy editing, but the ideal here in the novel and film may ring a bell of the violence-etched backbone of our society, especially for youngsters, the madcap colorful future (for the richer demography of course) depicted in the film is too Utopian to be worshiped, and a female-dominated love-triangle has been slickly formed near the very end of the film, a wishful thinking is that the second one will not veneer too lachrymose like a TWILIGHT facsimile, as for the likeness with Japanese BATTLE ROYALE (2000), I haven’t obtained any say-so by far without watching the latter. Anyway writer-turned-director Gary Ross (notably for SEABISCUIT 2003) is catching his fire to the next chapter, may it will break the sequel curse and we will be desperate in a hungrier condition after HARRY POTTER, TWILIGHT all come to an end.

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