gerardo's Review of The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games(2012)
A dull experience that only goes through the motions. After the initial lottery that sets up the rest of the film, the film falls into a bland experience. The length of the film reveals that they had the opportunity to explore important dilemmas and character development, but the time was simply wasted in scenes with no substance. After Katniss gets in her train, her behavior lacked any real depth, it just came across as a bored character and I became a bored viewer. There was plenty of time to give depth to the relationship between Katniss and Peeta, but the scenes were abruptly interrupted and presented in a chopped up manner throughout the film. By the time you learn about their relationship, some viewers like me, were no longer interested. The training sequence and the forest game sequence were developed with almost equal screen time, but one of them should have been longer to draw in the viewer so that he or she can invest in the plot and characters. Both sequences were too long because they accomplished so little. If they had cut down one of the sequences and extended the other sequence it could have provided worthy character development, it might have made the experience better. In addition, the interview sequence detracted from the plot development and induced boredom. Finally, for this review, the manipulation of the arena by the behind-the-scenes people made even more disinterested in the whole premise; it was a deus ex machina concept that takes away any kind of suspense. There are a lot of interesting thematic dilemmas in this kind of plot, but none were seriously considered. The potential in the plot was executed in a very underwhelming manner. This might appeal to younger teens or teenagers at heart.