Release Date: In Theaters Now.
Written by: Suzanne Collins and Gary Ross
Directed by: Gary Ross (Steven Soderbergh directed the riot sequence)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley and Donald Sutherland.
$155 million in its first weekend. That's third all time behind The Dark Knight and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Not bad for a movie that many thought was going to be the starting point for another Twilight-esque franchise.
I thought that at first. I was wrong.
THG is the story of a Post-Apocalyptic Society and its Government's mistreatment of its poorest citizens. Each year, the Government of Panem selects 2 kids between the ages of 12-18 from its 12 Districts, puts them in an arena, and makes them kill each other until only one remains alive? Why? Because they want to keep them in line, and remind the citizens that they can crush them at any time. In other words, do as we say or die.
Katniss Everdeen is a feisty poor girl who can kill with a bow like nobodies business. She volunteers for the games to take the place of her little sister, and is forced to fight for her life aside some boy who gave her some burnt-assed bread one time when they were little.
You already know the plot, I'm sure, so that's all we've got on this subject.
|A picture from the leather bondage sex scene. It was very artistic.|
Jennifer Lawrence owned the screen as Katniss. She's always been a great actress, but now the world knows, and she's aboutt be thrust into the A-List Stratosphere. Same could be said for Josh Hutcherson; his subdued and romantically tortured Peeta beamed with charisma and no doubt dampened the panties of Teen Girls everywhere. He's probably going to have some stalkers now.
We wish that some of the supporting characters could have had more to do. This is Katniss's story, and rightly so, but Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz were so good in their roles, that they just begged for more screen time. Then again, everyone nailed their parts. Donald Sutherland was the perfect evil President Snow, Stanley Tucci was joyously good as Ceasar Flickerman, and Wes Bentley was great as Seneca Crane. Top to bottom, the cast was amazing, and no one felt out of place in the slightest.
Even the lesser-known actors who played the tributes (contestants) were good. Most of them were "kids" and had relatively smaller roles to play, but they were all great.
|The best drunk ever (except for maybe Arthur.)|
No, no, and most definitely not.
First and foremost, THG is not another Twilight. There is no shallow, moronic, paper-thin girl character to be found here, obsessing over two boys and which one is going to take her to prom. There's an undercurrent of romance and unrequited love perhaps, but it is not the point of the story in any way.
There's no "Team Peeta!" and no "Team Gale!" If that's what you want, just go watch Twilight another twenty times and wallow in your sad perception of what romance is.
THG is also not a rip off of Battle Royale, The Running Man, or anything else that people feel is too similar in plot. There are elements that are the same, absolutely, but it's its own story. At their core, any movie, or book for that matter, made/written these days has been done before, and you just cant escape that fact. So yes, kids being gathered by the Government and thrown together to fight to the death was done in Battle Royale. People watching The Hunger Games on TV and treating the participants like celebrities is akin to The Running Man in a way.
Remember though that most fantasy is familiar with Lord of The Rings, Most gangster dramas are The Godfather, most Bourne-like spy thrillers are pretty much James Bond, and every slasher since 1978 is Halloween. We could go on, but the point is clear; every archetype has its starting point. To be fair, the idea for THG and its themes began with the Greek Myth of Theseus, Reality TV, and the U.S. war in Iraq. Ideas come from everywhere, and sometimes, multiple places at once. If there's anything that isn't original, it's the audiences that eat them up.
Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence are both Hotties, and seeing them naked would have served the story just fine: "Katniss, scared and alone, clings to Effie... in the bathtub... where they are naked. Together, they discover a new sort of Hunger Games..."
Works for us.
Woody Harrelson, because he's just that awesome.
|We're also really partial to this scene, but it's really more of a moment than a scene, so we digress.|
Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks makes sure that the odds are ever in our favor... the dirty, dirty odds. On a side note, how can you not love a girl who refers to her own character as Katpiss Neverclean? Jennifer Lawrence did just that. True story.