Now that Harry Potter is finally done and Twilight is very soon coming to a close, Hollywood is hungry (see what I did there) for the next book-to-movie franchise that will bring in massive cash. I don’t believe it’s as phenomenal as the first Harry Potter flick, but The Hunger Games is good enough.
Jennifer Lawrence does an excellent job in portraying Katniss, the skillful heroine whom you will want to root for. She has a romantic relationship with Josh Hutcherson’s character Peeta, which is cute but didn’t really go anywhere important. The plot progresses quite swiftly although those who desperately want to get into the brutal games will have to wait a while. I appreciate that instead of staging mindless action scenes just to get the audience pumped up, this film chooses to explore its cast of characters and their relationships.
For a premise that centers on children tasked to kill one another, there was very little fighting or any sort of combat in this film. And when there was, it was merely two people wrestling each other on the ground, most of the time so frantic you can’t even figure out who’s who and what’s going on. I read the book before I watched the film and I feel like the film didn’t effectively capture that intense moment when the Hunger Games itself was being tested. If you are a fan of the book, you know what I’m talking about.
Despite my complaints, I still think The Hunger Games does an adequate job of adapting its source material in a way that even those who didn’t read the book will be interested. This first entry in what I hope becomes a successful franchise gets a respectable thumbs up from me.