Directed by Gary Ross, staring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland. In a future world where people have rebelled against the authority and are now being punished for this. Each year the Capitol selects one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts, where they are trained and placed against one another in an arena. This said arena is controlled by the Capital in everywhere from the sun to the animals. The rule is only one may survive and leave this world.
Now when The Hunger Games was released I had no excitement for this, mainly due to the two other massive films being shown so my attention was to them. I have not read any of the books but hear only good things from it. Having watched it id say this is up there with the likes of the Dark Knight Rises and avengers for one of the best films of the year.
The casting in this is very strong and powerful. Not one weak performance is given from any of the cast, even those who I was not as confident in delivered such as Liam Hemsworth, though he has a smaller part in this film he is very good when he does appear.
Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss who, though her name is not picked out of the bowl her sister’s is. This compels Katniss to volunteer herself as part of the games. Her performance is just fantastic, never boring or losing track baring a couple of lines nearer the end where her accent slips a tad.
Stanley Tucci, who I have long been a fan of , plays Caesar, he does no wrong in this role and is a joy to watch. As are Hutcherson and Harrelson. The physical transformations for the people of the capital are very interesting but none more so than Elizabeth Banks who you might not recognise when you first see her.
The general atmosphere is excellent and the moods are played just right. For a film essentially about misery and disappear it does not make it weaker or any less of a Joy to watch. Indeed I was mesmerised throughout, from start to finish it grips you.
The one question I have after watching the film is what was life like before they rebelled ?
This film is clever in so many ways, politically, physiologically and in general not what I expected at all. I was a little blown away by it simply due to my lack of faith in it, despite it’s cast I was not expecting it to be as good as it is. Why this is I’m not sure, but the film has very much stayed with me since I watched it.
There is a great deal of imagery in this film, which connects to other periods of time in order to stir emotions from the audience. Just as when distract 12 is marching towards the Announcement ceremony, the imagery is very strong of the concentration camps, Indeed the wearing of grey clothes by everything, the mud underfoot and the line of people from the Capitol up high while they sit and watch judge those who are chosen is very erie. Indeed I think this film has more layers then expected. Thoughout there are subtle political messages which go back to various political leaders. Carefully chosen to be subtle yet powerful.
OVERALL***** One of the best of the year which is saying a lot, I recommend to everyone this film.