The Hunger Games film, released on the 23rd March, has already wowed the critics and got us all excited!
The film is based on the book written by Suzanne Collins and attracts a teenage audience. Therefore it is undoubtedly going to be compared Twilight, but don’t be fooled! The only comparison we can make, is that there is a female lead. That’s about it! Other films which are of a more appropriate comparison are The Running Man and Battle Royale.
The film tells the story of post-Apocalyptic North America, now called Panem, where 12 districts of teenagers are set against each other in a state-sponsored public fight to the death.
Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (recently seen as Raven/Mystique in X-Men: First Class) stars as Katniss Everdeen, the young woman who volunteers for the games as the female representative from her district, in order to protect her younger sister. She is taken, along with her male counterpart, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), to the Capitol. They, and the other 11 districts, are trained for the games.
Then, as a bit of contrast, they are fully groomed and styled in high fashion outfits, including a gorgeous pair of ‘Gold Faithful’ Alexander McQueen shoes. The contestants are then paraded in Saturday night style television with the Capitol’s favourite presenter Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci).
The contestants are then flung into the arena; a forest full of cameras, weapons and challenges where only one contestant can survive. Let the battle commence…
The film has wowed critics with many saying that it is a smart blockbuster film which “is an essential science fiction film for our times” (Robbie Collin from the Telegraph). There is also a lot of praise for the director Gary Ross from Den of Geek: “Ross has done more than churn out a faithful adaptation of the book. His vision of the world of The Hunger Games is bigger, scarier, darker, and more political than the books ever dared to be.” Total Film’s Matthew Lyland says: “What’s remarkable is the lack of cheese. Tacky effects, corny dialogue and creaky performances are all shown the door. We repeat: not the new Twilight.”
Want to see it? Here is the trailer.
Overall the film looks dark, thrilling and exciting and we cannot wait to see it! If you go see it, let us know what you think!