Originally Posted by Schloob1
WELLLL, we're waiting
So what did you think overall, etc.?
Ok, here's my review:
The Hunger Games: Riveting adaptation
How many times has Hollywood butchered novels when adapting them into films? It's fair to say countless times. The Hunger Games novel by Suzanne Collins has sold 800,000 copies around the world, making expectations for the movie adaptation climb to dizzying heights.
Collin's story tells the tale of a future in which the Capitol of an oppressive North America selects a boy and a girl from each of the 12 districts to fight to the death in The Hunger Games tournament. We follow an anti-social, skilled archer, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) who takes the place of her younger sister when she is chosen to compete.
This is one of the first blockbuster adaptations in recent memory to be, not only faithful to the source material, but also a fantastic film.
The story gives the audience something to sink their teeth into, alongside characters to route for and against. It isn't peddling to the masses by giving into the romantic aspect of the story. Instead, it allows a natural progression that feels organic and true to human nature.
Jennifer Lawrence is one of Hollywood's finest talents at the moment and she brings every bit of her acting arsenal to our heroine. Her empathetic performance shows incredible range and raised the level of acting from all around her. Her cast members, including Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Wes Bentley all deliver the necessary goods in spades.
The one major criticism is in the direction. Gary Ross did everything a director should do except competently shoot the action scenes. Even the simple things like walking quickly or moving through a crowd were riddled with shaky camera work. The actual battle royal was impossible to decipher with his extreme close-up, earthquake-worthy shooting style.
Regardless of this foible, this movie does everything Twilight should have done and will captivate both male and female audiences around the world.
Bottom Line: I'm already itching for the sequel!