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Eagerly Awaited Hunger Games Movie Good But Not Great

Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, must compete for her life in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.

Jessica Pina, Staff Writer
March 23, 2012
Filed under Entertainment

Walking into the pitch black theater, while your arms are stuffed with a large bag of popcorn and that extra-large Diet Coke you bought for “just a quarter more”, you slowly begin to freak out because of the lack of seats that are available. But of course, this movie is well worth the crowd.  Afterall, you have been waiting years.

The highly anticipated Hunger Games movie has finally came out. After three years of waiting, the 2008 novel by Suzanne Collins has been released as a motion picture. Just like Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga, many fans went crazy last night at the midnight showing after being camped out for hours waiting on the big occasion. There were plenty of shirts and mugs to buy with the actors and slogans on them all for willing teens to purchase, even if the shirts were $18.

For me, this was a highly anticipated event, yet I found myself slightly disappointed. Although I was a little upset with the way the director had chosen to create the movie, I still found myself crying, jumping and becoming frightened from all of the suspense I was watching. This is something that is really impressive considering that I knew everything that was going to happen from reading the books beforehand.

The Hunger Games is a fight to death with 24 teens. The setting takes place in a post-apocalyptic North America, now called Panem which is composed of 12 districts that all do the Capitol’s dirty work, yet of course, there are favorites. The “tributes” as they are called, one boy and one girl from each district, fight for the freedom to live in Panem and to give the Capitol a good show. The novel series has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for 81 weeks while the movie is predicted to make over 100 million in the first weekend.

Katniss Everdeen is the main character, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who volunteers as tribute to take her sister’s place in the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Katniss knows that all the odds are against her considering that she is from the poorest district of all, yet she still cannot see her little sister going when she has a chance to prevent it. Once the two tributes of District 12 are on the way to the Capitol, the storyline speeds up and has viewers on their toes.

One reason the movie has so much tension is because of the actors. Lawrence plays a perfect Katniss and is surprisingly a good actor; many do not know that she has such amazing talent. Lawrence played in Winter’s Bone, a small budget film from 2010, and was nominated for Best Actress and the movie was nominated for Best Picture. The actress hasn’t had much acting experience but she definitely has a gift when it comes to playing  underdogs.

Overall, I found the movie very interesting and it followed the storyline of the novel very well. Nonreaders will be confused with some of the major details that were left out but I still think that it is a must-see. My advice would be to pay attention from the very start and watch out for symbolism, because the movie is highly based on it.