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“The Hunger Games”-Good, but Over-Hyped

I can’t remember a movie that has been more hyped in recent history than, “The Hunger Games.”  Part of this is because a good portion of it was filmed near Charlotte, NC and as someone who’s from a suburb in Charlotte,  it is hands-down the biggest film to be filmed in the Carolinas in a long time (possibly ever).  But also, the hype stems from the popularity of the Suzanne Collins’ novels, which are supposed to be bigger than Twilight (if that’s even possible).

So, with all that hype, the movie had better be epic! Right?? Wrong.  Before you get mad at me for “hating” on “The Hunger Games,” let me just say, I did thoroughly enjoy the film.  It simply wasn’t as good as it could have been; thus, it didn’t live up to the enormous amounts of hype it received.

The story is dark and dramatic, but still touching.  And the romance works pretty well too.  Acting-wise it is great, but with heavyweights like Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson in SUPPORTING ROLES… that was never even a question.  But the real star of the film is Jennifer Lawrence.  At 21, she is barely legal enough to drink, but she has been already nominated for an Oscar (for “Winter’s Bone”), and she has been in HUGE movies like “X-Men First Class” and now, “The Hunger Games.”  She does great as the strong, but somewhat vulnerable, Katniss Everdeen.

The film does have it’s problems, though.  At the beginning, the cinematography and editing is almost disorienting.  The shaky camera and needlessly quick cuts seem out of place, especially since they are employed in dramatic moments, rather than action moments.  As the film went on, I didn’t notice it as much for one of three reasons:

  • As the action picked up, it didn’t seem so out of place
  • The camera man had gotten rid of the jitters and had a more steady hand
  • I got used to it…like you do a bad smell after being around it for long enough

Also, the mood of the film seemed a bit off.  The movie is about 12-18 year olds fighting each other to the death for the entertainment of other human beings.  People watch this on TV, bet on it, cheer for certain people, etc.  That is royally screwed up!  But the look and feel of the film is similar to that of something like “The Goonies.”  They don’t really delve into how disturbing this whole idea is, and how traumatic it would realistically be on children of this age.

Overall, it is very entertaining, albeit a bit predictable; but it is definitely uneven with it’s mood and themes.  The acting is fantastic, the scoring is great, and it will make boatloads of money… as will the next two films.

It has already made $155 million dollars in it’s first weekend. The third-best debut in HISTORY.

What did you think of the film??

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About Nolan

I guess I will start with the boring stuff: I am 23 years old and a graduate of the University of South Carolina. I got good grades and all that, but that’s not what really matters. What you want to know is what I do. Well, I do a little bit of everything. Those who know me have probably seen my short films, read my scripts and short stories, laughed at my not-so-serious poetry, read my movie reviews, bought my graphic novel or even heard my rap songs (you have to know me really well before you get to hear those). Of all these roles I play, my favorites are writer, director, and editor. I have acted but there’s a reason why I want to be behind the camera. I believe that a film can change someone’s life and that’s what I plan to do. Whether I get rich and famous or not, I want to entertain and move people emotionally through the medium of film.

2 comments on ““The Hunger Games”-Good, but Over-Hyped

  1. Ray Doolin
    April 6, 2012

    plan to see this one Monday…hope i actually enjoy it since I live in the area…does sound like it might be a little downer though…

  2. Pingback: “The Hunger Games” Director, Gary Ross, Backs Out of Sequel « Roni Reports…

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