Friday, March 23, 2012

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

Title:  The Hunger Games (Official, IMDB, Wikipedia)

The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ excellent book The Hunger Games has been one of the most anticipated movies of 2012, and for good reason.  First the film is based on a fantastic book.  Second the cast is stellar.  Third, well the trailers just looked amazing.  Let’s face it, book adaptations in this day and age are a great sell for Hollywood.  Most big series have a loyal fan base that will show up in droves and if the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies have taught us anything, its that with the right amount of passion, any great book can be brought to life.  Granted this doesn’t always succeed (Eragon anyone?) but often when it flops its because the heart and soul of the book was lost in translation.  That is not the case with The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games is a phenomenal film that so perfectly captured the essence of Collins’ novel that it is astounding.  Peter Jackson completely set the bar by which all future film adaptations will be judged with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  The Hunger Games without a doubt lives up to the standard.  Yes this film is that good.  Sure there were changes from the book, tweaks here and there (and a few things added in certainly to set the stage for the coming adaptations of Catching Fire and Mockingjay) but the heart and soul of the book, story, and characters was completely there.  The film was beautifully shot (in North Carolina), with tremendous performances from all of the actors, and excellent editing and effects that really brought the world of Panem to life.

I went to see the film today with my son at the new Warren Imax Theater in Moore and all I can say is wow.  That is, without a doubt, the coolest movie theater I’ve ever seen.  The screen was huge, the sound was sensational, and the seats were comfortable.  For once I truly felt like I got my money’s worth from a movie theater.  I HIGHLY suggest checking out the Warren Imax Theater sometime soon.

1 comment:

Dan O. said...

Great review Dave. This is a colorful and entertaining film, and I was constantly wrapped up in it as a drama. It isn’t the kind of bombastic event we usually get as a franchise blockbuster and for that I’m thankful. It also helps that the ensemble cast is nothing short of amazing either, and that Jennifer Lawrence’s career will hopefully totally hit super-start status after this because she’s great as well. Check out my review when you can.