“Exactly how am I supposed to work in a thank-you in there? Somehow it just won’t seem sincere if I’m trying to slit his throat.”-Katniss, The Hunger Games
What film has been described as the world’s newest ‘Harry Potter’? Here are some clues. They have earned a worldwide total of $577,163,155. It has made the largest worldwide opening weekend for a movie not released during the summer or the holiday period, earning $211.8 million. Incorporates inspiring aspects of feminism thanks to a very talented actress and creatively created character. And have been experiencing many character directed racist rants online. It couldn’t be anything other than the now world-famous film production of ‘The Hunger Games.’ With a leading actress such as Jennifer Lawrence, from previous films such as X-Men: First Class (2011) and The Burning Plain (2008), there is no way this film could take a wrong turn… okay maybe it could. As most people would agree the movie is never as good as the book but I believe Gary Ross (the director) has achieved so with great ability; he deserves to be recognised in the same league as director David Yates (for those who don’t know, director of the Harry Potter movies). One of the most excellent aspects of this movie, asides from the on-screen romance between Peeta and Katniss (Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence) is the excellent cinematography. Tom Stern who was in charge of the cinematography has achieved what many novel inspired films cannot, a realistic interpretation of events with the use of amazing editing skills.
The Games Begin: Plot
This brilliant movie is based on the best-selling, young-adult novel by Suzanna Collins in a post-apocalyptic world. We follow 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen on an emotional and physical roller-coaster ride when she is put into the position of either watching her younger sister enter into The Hunger Games or throw away her own life by taking her sisters position. Of course she takes her sisters position. Her position in the ‘games’ requires of her to become a Tribute for District 12, a ‘game’ where she is pitted against 11 other Tributes in a fight to the death. This ‘Hunger Games’ is broadcasted across the nation as both entertainment and to reinforce the government’s total power over all districts. In surviving the game and emerging as a victor, she must put all her hunting skills to the ultimate test.
Our Girl On Fire: Jennifer Lawrence
There has been a troubling amount of criticism concerning Lawrence’s scoring of the main role as Katniss Everdeen. With arguements about her being the wrong weight to the fact that her portrayal of the character is, simiply, too ‘nice’ and not as ‘manipulative’ or ‘second-guessing’ as her character in the book. My own personal opinion? I think she did excellent concering the fact she is limited to the screenplay written; I believe she brings the emotions of the character to life in a realistic way. In Katie Roiphe’s review of the novel, in The New York Times, she states that this character who is “both murderer and victim, somehow representing female strength and female vulnerability all mingled and entwined,” is “mesmerizing” and “sweepingly sympathetic.” This is the same description which I believe Lawrence deserves in her reviews; she is an excellent actress and has brought her best skills to the stage in this film.
To those who have not yet read or seen the film production of The Hunger Games I highly suggest you do so! It is an excellent plot which will not dissapoint!