Matt's Review of The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games(2012)
Admittedly, I've never read any of these books all the youngin's are salivating over nowadays called "The Hunger Games." But this adaptation is a solid film in its own right, able to compel and intrigue even those unfamiliar with the novel (i.e. mwah). It's a gritty, intense, and at times, moving story of a young generation's loss of innocence in the distant future. Jennifer Lawrence is the highlight here though, pulling off an impressive lead performance with raw emotion and much aplomb (look it up). It may just be me, but the third wheel of the film's "love triangle" felt awkwardly forced into the narrative for no apparent reason, and that whole situation was left utterly unresolved (fodder for the sequel). It's a bit lengthy at 150 minutes, and the handheld camerawork is a bit jarring at times, but there's little to complain about here. There's moments of humor, moments you might just squirm in your seat, and oodles of insane facial hair. If nothing else, "The Hunger Games" will compel you to maintain a more regimented workout schedule just in case this kind of tomfoolery ever really happens ('cause don't deny it, you know you'd be the first one to go).