Movie Review: The Hunger Games


A Brief Summary of the Plot:
The people of Panem (formally the USA) are split into 12 Districts, which all have very strict rules. Due to a rebellion against the Capitol (they're the people in charge), the Capitol forces all of the Districts to partake in the annual Hunger Games. What are the Hunger Games, exactly? One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen from each district are chosen to compete in a large arena where you never know what could happen. There are twenty-four "tributes"; only one can win. The Capitol uses the Hunger Games as a source of entertainment and to remind the people that they are in charge. Katniss Everdeen's little sister, Primrose, gets chosen to be a tribute, and Katniss immediately volunteers. Now she must participate in the Hunger Games - a fight to the death.
I went to see this movie at midnight with my dad, sister, and a few friends last night, and we had a blast! There were so many people there! Okay, so first I'm gonna go through the actors, and then I will give you my conclusion ☺. Hope this interview is helpful to you! Also, check out this Plugged In Online interview! It gives a little more detail of the movie. It got 3 1/2 out of 5 stars for family friendliness on Plugged In.
Starring (or co-starring ☺) in The Hunger Games (there's a lot)...
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.
I thought she did a great job. I loved how Katniss was willing to volunteer to save her sister; that was really cool. A couple of things Katniss did I didn't completely agree with (I'm not gonna ruin the movie for you by telling you), but Jennifer Lawrence did a wonderful acting job.
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.

Josh Hutcherson also did a wonderful acting job. Peeta's character is sweet; he really likes Katniss, but she doesn't know that (she thinks he's just trying to get sponsors by pretending to be in love with her). It was so sweet how he wouldn't kill Katniss but would rather die than have her die. How sweet! There were a couple parts in the book with him that I'm glad they didn't put in the movie. But anyway, he did a great acting job, and I am team Peeta ☺(sorry, Gale).
Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne.
Firstly, did you know that he is the brother of the guy who plays Thor?! My sister figured that out! LOL! Anyway, onto Gale...I thought he did pretty good; he wasn't in the movie much, though. I was thinking he was gonna be pretty cheesy, because seeing him in The Last Song...yeah, I didn't like that movie. Personally, too cheesy. But, he did a good job.
Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy.
At fist, I didn't like Haymitch. I thought Harrelson did a wonderful acting job, but Haymitch was drunk a lot in the beginning and had sick humor, telling Katniss and Peeta there was no chance of their survival. By the end, however, he got more sober and it showed that he actually did have a heart. I thought the acting was great.
Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket.


Effie's too giddy about the Hunger Games, as is nearly everyone in the Capitol, and it's pretty sickening. Elizabeth Banks did a great job playing her, though. Effie is such an odd character!

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna.

I thought Kravitz did a great job portraying Cinna. I think Cinna is mostly a good guy, but it makes me wonder why he still works for the Capitol...
Stanley Tucci as Caeser Flickerman.


I really like Stanley Tucci as an actor (at least in Captain America and The Hunger Games). He did a wonderful job.
Donald Sutherland as President Coriolanus Snow.
Notice him, girls? He's the dad from Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly :-). I thought he did a good job; President Snow was not my favorite character. I'm pretty sure he's a bad guy, but not totally sure since I haven't read the second and third books.
Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane.

Check out his facial hair! Haha! I didn't really know who Seneca was at first (I knew he was in charge of the Games but he wasn't in the first book so I didn't really know that much about him). I thought he did a good job; there's a sad part with him at the end (but I won't tell you what).
Alexander Ludwig as Cato.
Maybe I should just summarize this movie by saying that all the actors and actresses were great! Haha. Alexander Ludwig, in case you don't know, was in Race to Witch Mountain with AnnaSophia Robb and Dwayne Johnson. He did a great job portraying Cato. True, Cato really doesn't like Katniss and Peeta, and he doesn't have a hard time killing people :(, but I feel really bad for him at this one part. But, once more, I will not tell you, because that would spoil it if you watch it :-). Let's just say he did a great job.
Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove.

For some reason, I imagined Clove being a little bit older. Anyway, she wasn't very nice in the movie, but I felt bad for her. Fuhrman did a really good acting job, as did everyone else, haha :-).
Amandla Stenberg as Rue.
Isn't she adorable? I just love Rue. She is probably my favorite supporting character. Stenberg did a fantastic acting job, and Rue is just so adorable and sweet. I love her!

All of the actors and actresses did a great job.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed this movie. It stayed VERY close to the book, and the acting was great. There was a good deal of violence, and it was a little shocking because it was teenagers, to be blunt, killing and hurting each other - which the COMPLETELY corrupt Capitol fully supports. This movie has lots of good morals - like love, friendship, and sacrificing yourself for someone else. I'm glad they didn't have as much romance as the book, too. I enjoyed this movie, but you might want to talk to your parents before you go. Most of the violence is fast; the camera usually turns away very quickly or doesn't show the person getting hurt at all times. Just to brace you: this movie has a couple startling parts that make you jump, and a TON of sad parts that could bring tears to your eyes. For some reason, I found the movie a bit boring...I think it would've been better if they would have had better background music. Haha! It seemed like the last scene went kind of fast, but it was kind of nice that they didn't linger on it like the book. Anyway, just to brace you...the end of the movie is kind of a cliffhanger :-). So, in conclusion, this movie wasn't my favorite, but I enjoyed it. It stuck fairly close to the book as well. It clearly shows that these Hunger Games are wrong, and it just saddens me so much that the Capitol would make kids participate in them for mere entertainment. On another note, it was pretty disturbing to see teens bringing such harm to each other. 

Check out the Plugged In Online review of "The Hunger Games" HERE!

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Molly  – (March 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM)  

Awesome review! Can't wait to see it!

~Molly~

Emma Margaret  – (March 23, 2012 at 9:13 PM)  

YOU NEED TO SEE PUSS IN BOOTS! (if you have not allready :) It is SOOOO good!

Anyway now on to the point of this comment! I got the earrings I won if your giveaway today and LLOOVVEE them! They are so cute! Thanks so much! I need to go tell the seller thanks :)

<3,
Emma

Bookworm  – (March 24, 2012 at 5:55 AM)  

Saw the movie last night with some friends. I loved it! Thought the acting was great and they stuck pretty close to the books. There was some violence, but it was fast and almost blurred. Peeta was great! Now I cant wait 4 the next movie! I'm glad The Hunger Games is replacing the whole Twilight thing, because I'm about sick of that by now. :/

Natalia  – (March 24, 2012 at 8:29 AM)  

I saw it last night with friends, and I really agree with you on everything! Great review :)

Talia  – (March 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM)  

I know right? I've never seen twilight, but I personally have absolutely no desire to...Besides, Katniss is way cooler than Bella :). She could whip her any day. Haha!

Talia  – (March 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM)  

I went to go see it again yesterday with friends haha...so i was prepared for the part that startles you in the end :).

Jesse Anne Designs  – (March 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM)  

Hi Talia! I love your review! If you ever want to guest blog on my page, let me know. This review would be a great fit :)

<3 Jess

Natalia  – (March 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM)  

Hahaha, my little sister like, literally jumped at that part -- especially because she hasn't finished the book yet. It was actually funny how startled she was! ;)

Shelley  – (March 25, 2012 at 7:43 AM)  

Great review Talia! I'm seeing this movie tonight! :)

Kara  – (March 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM)  

Talia,
thank you so much for doing that review!
I was wondering what it was like since I know some movies can be pretty gross. :(
Do you recommend me watching it?

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