Let it be known: I have never read The Hunger Games. I’ve never felt the urge to pick up a copy of The Hunger Games. That being said, as the hype began to surround the release of the movie, I began to get a little excited about it. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just because I’m a fan of Hollywood. Maybe it’s because I’m always up for a good movie.
So, this review is not one coming from a fan of this story. It’s one coming from a fan of movies…plain and simple.
I got really excited after I did some research on the story (and by research, I of course mean Googling). One of my favorite short stories is Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game.” Ever since the first time I read it, it’s always been a piece of fiction that has stuck in my mind. When I saw the correlation between that story and The Hunger Games…well, needless to say, I was sold.
Now, I wasn’t lining up at midnight or anything like that. But, I was able to get through the crowds on opening weekend and see the film.
I’ve got to say: It was fantastic. So fantastic in fact that I have no desire to read the book! It was that good.
I was in a packed theater, with movie goers ranging from 6-years-old to, well, much, much, much older. As I was entering the theater, lines were already forming for the next two or three showings, hours from their scheduled start.
The movie is nearly two and a half hours long, but it is so captivating and enthralling that you don’t notice. It never drags, it never hits a dull moment. The acting is top notch, whether it’s Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Wes Bentley, Stanley Tucci, or even Lenny Kravitz. The cast combined to create one outstanding story with some incredibly fascinating characters.
I am a fan of gratuitous violence. As I learned more about the story before I saw the movie, I was wondering how a PG-13 movie would be able to convey the dark story of The Hunger Games. While there is not much blood and gore, the story is very dark, and director Gary Ross did a perfect job of making the story accessible to all ages, while maintaining its seriousness.
The movie is great. You’ll thoroughly enjoy yourself, I have no doubt about that. Now, if you’re a fan of the books, obviously I can’t speak to how you’ll enjoy the movie…but, from what I’ve heard from some of my friends and what I’ve read online, you won’t be disappointed.
But again, why read the book when you can go see this exceptional movie?!