“The world will be watching.”
- The Hunger Games
When I first heard about this film based on the popular book, I had no idea what it was about. Even after I viewed the trailer, I still was a bit puzzled about the story and its overall plot. Though, it did look like a unique type of film.
So, I did a bit of research and found mixed reviews – some liked it and some did not. To be honest, it wasn’t after until I heard all the buzz and rave reviews about the movie from my film pals such as Action Flick Chick and FlixChatter that I decided to check it out myself. I’m glad I did.
Going in, I had not read the book so I was coming into the movie with a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective. In a way, I think it was for the better as I felt that I could just watch it and not be in anticipation of comparing certain characters and events in the film compared to the book. Sometimes I do take the time to read the book before the movie or have already read it, which really depends on the genre and my interest at the time. And, I do like to compare both the film and the book in these instances).
(Note: Some of the mixed reviews came from those who had read the book beforehand and were a bit disappointed with specific events and descriptions left out in the movie. Though this does happen from time to time as it’s a bit difficult to condense every little detail in a film than in a book).
From the opening scene, this movie really drew my attention – it was a very unique type of film with a different kind of storyline. And, to me – that is a plus in my book.
Though some have said there is more drama in the movie (as opposed to action) than they were expecting, I think it was necessary to set the tone and introduce the characters in the film.
For me, I think going between the drama and the action worked out quite nicely overall. Since this is a series, I’m glad they took the time to go into depth about the characters and their purpose. Getting to know the characters really made me feel for them and established a connection. Had they not done this, it may have not sparked my interest as much.
Since the film did take the time to explain the overall plot and storyline going while also going into depth with the characters, it really made it more entertaining as the movie built up towards its main focus – the game itself. And, this is where the action really takes over – it was quite a treat to see the strategies used. Though I will say, there were some extremely violent parts which would not be recommended for children to watch.
(Note: For any parents out there, this is not a kids film. There are some very controversial issues introduced into the movie which involve children and may not be suitable for kids to watch).
While watching the game itself, there were a lot of twists and turns that really took me by surprise. And, I have to say – there were many unexpected moments which made the film even more entertaining to watch.
(Note: For those who have seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I especially did not see the end of the games coming – I thought it would end a different way but it did not – it was not as predictable).
Overall, I enjoy the movie. It had it all – an interesting storyline, drama, action and really went into depth with the characters to make for a complete and entertaining time.
If you’re in the mood for a film with a little bit of everything, you may want to check this one out.
Happy movie watching!
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