"The concept of watching a movie with kids killing kids is a bit touchy, but dammit if we don't all love this one..lol"
When it comes to a good meal, any one of us would be willing to go the distance, but would you be willing to take an arrow to the chest? Or how about dodge a sword? Would you kill the person standing next to you, if it meant that you could win, "The Hunger Games"?
This movie is awesome, as most of you should know by now, but if you don't we're here to give you a heads up before "Catching Fire" comes out on the 22nd. "The Hunger Games" is a film about corruption within the government, people revolting and the undying spirit of
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, an arrow slinging cutie with the will to change the future and a spirit to lead a country. Yes, that's right, she's that awesome! This movie lifts some heavy baggage, as if mortal combat between children is an everyday occurrence. Well, it is in a sense, but you don't have thousands of people cheering for the deaths of our youth. Furthermore, this movie speaks to a distant, yet near possible future of desperation and hopelessness for millions. That is, if we don't change our tune..like yesterday!
The movie begins painting a dark and terrible divide between the Rich and the Poor. The Poor accepting handouts from the Rich and the Rich getting richer. Wait a minute, that sounds a little bit like the present? Anyways, in this dystopian future, there is a tournament in which children from separate districts fight to the death for wealth, as a result of some trivial uprising from long ago. Katniss is one of the children taken for this years tournament and she must face an uncertain future filled with danger to appease the insatiable thirst of the Rich overlords.
There's a lot more dense material we could cover leading up to the tournament, but that's best consumed in the 142-minute film or novel of the same name written by Suzanne Collins. So as we were saying, Katniss is chosen to be in this tournament where she will face several other tributes in an all out war for life, justice and peace for the people. Only thing is, it's a little more complicated than that. Not only must she kill her peers, but she must appear to enjoy it! You see the Rich like a good show, that's how they get their "Jollies". There are some pretty sick themes in the story which we would love to rant on, but we'll do our best to keep it moving for the purpose of our review.
As Katniss prepares to enter this tournament, she encounters all kinds of strange characters like the tv personality, Caesar Flickerman(Tucci). Wait till you see the million dollar smile on this guy..lol. Over the top just like his pompadour! Then there's Effie Trinket(Banks), the hostess that skirts Katniss away to the tournament and tries to turn the impending blood bath into a holiday cruise. And then we have, Haymitch(Harrelson), a veteran of The Hunger Games serving as a mentor to young Katniss Everdeen.
This movie has tons of dynamics and innuendos riddled all the way up and through it's entirety, so at this point we will say, "Just watch it, you won't be disappointed". However, we will state that this movie does get a bit emotional at times, especially in some of those powerful moments that just jump out and grab you when you least expect it. Lawrence's performance as Katniss is convincing, as she truly takes on the weight of her character's disposition. Watching her tremble as she prepares for battle really tugs at your soul for a bit...
Overall, "The Hunger Games" is an awesome, powerful movie that yearns to be seen, by all old enough to digest this thick milkshake of murder and corruption. Films like this only come along once in a blue, so if you haven't seen it yet, watch it on Netflix now before the second one comes out. You won't regret it. Enjoy
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