Hailed as the "greatest film to grace cinemas" by several people (some of them being prepubescent children)and by others as a cheap knock off of "Battle Royale", The Hunger Games has garnered quite the mixed reputation. To some it is mere garbage and to others it is the beginning of a grand franchise. I for one can finally say that it is neither of these statements at all. To get to the point, Hunger Games is a superb movie.
In a world where people dress like comic-con goers and children wield bows with no questions asked, the story centers around Katniss Everdeen (a slightly attractive young women if I might add) in her attempts to survive the ever blood filled "Hunger Games". These games take place once a year or so and are made up of children (ages 12 to 18) murdering each other in order to bring glory to their districts. Chosen at random, these children must fight until one remains as enforced by the governing Capitol. Katniss and another boy from her district, Peeta, must band together and survive in hopes of returning home.
Filled with suspense and on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments, this is a faithful adaptation to the book. Each character is brought to life with the superb acting. Jennifer Lawrence is a passionate and great actress and Josh Hutchenson really gets his role as well. I would also like to point out how good the child actors were as well. Amanda Sernblerg (Rue) and Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen) both fit their roles perfectly and act beautifully.
Another thing I loved was the score. During moments of sheer intensity or even when the movie was just beginning, the music was always the first thing I noticed. It is orchestrated wonderfully and really helps the movie become lively.
The action scenes were great and very suspenseful. Although, blood is visible in these scenes and I do advise that younger audiences be wary of these scenes.
One thing I did not like though was the camera. It moved and jiggled around way too much, even in the more calm scenes. It was nice in the action scenes, but I felt it detracted from the sensational experience of the calm and more endearing scenes. Another thing that irked me was the poor CGI. Even though it was only needed for more glamorous parts, it looked more like a video game cut scene rather than movie worthy CG.
I also did not enjoy the romance much, sure it was necessary to the plot, but it felt forced. These are mere nit picks and I am sure they won't ruin the film at all.
All in all, The Hunger Games is a downright amazing movie with great acting, suspenseful action scenes, and a well done plot. The children may grow bored and fatigued, but the adults will enjoy this film. This film is a great start to a trilogy and I will surely watch the sequel as well. Go watch this movie and you will not be sorry; just don't get surprised when your children start requesting bow and arrows for Christmas. 9/10