Friday, 6 April 2012

Bank Holiday Must-See: The Hunger Games


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With the sun-drenched days of last week already fading into just a dream (of course they are, it's a bank holiday) you may already be wondering what to do with your Easter weekend. 

Well, fret not! There's no need to get out your paintbrush or hammer and get started on the dreaded house DIY. Instead, why not pay a visit to the cinema and go and see the biggest film of the year so far, The Hunger Games?

Now, I know that The Hunger Games is based on a kid's book by American author Suzanne Collins (and a rather brilliant one at that! I devoured it in just one afternoon), but it has mass adult appeal. In fact, I would go as far to say that it will probably appeal to us adults more than kids - this trailer should whet your appetite if you don't believe me:



We asked the lovely Katie Phipps to write a review on what she thought of the film EVERYONE is talking about. 

Sam x

Katie: 

When I first mentioned to my husband that I’d quite like to see the hotly anticipated film, The Hunger Games, quite rightly he asked what it was about.

Needless to say, telling him that it was set in the future and about a dozen teenagers fighting against each other until only one was left didn’t really set his world alight, but after a little persuasion our date night was sorted. We were to go and see The Hunger Games.

I must have been hiding under a rock recently because the books and the hype totally passed me by. Usually I’m all over a book-come-film concept, and am then (often) quick to criticise the rubbish job that the film’s producer has done on it!

This time, I had no other option but to go in to the cinema with an open mind. The trailer didn’t exactly bowl me over and I’m always a little skeptical about so-called blockbuster movies, but as I sat (a little bored) through the endless ads and trailers, I realised I was quite looking forward to seeing what this film was all about.

I’m not going to spoil it for anyone who’s yet to see it by delving into the plot too much, or going on about the politics of the film...instead, I’ll tell you what I enjoyed.

Jennifer Lawrence, the actress that plays Katniss Everdeen, really is the star of the film. I totally bought into her from start to finish - and yes, I may have a little girl-crush!

She comes across as strong, gutsy, real, caring - oh, and she’s a true beauty (everything I’d like to be really!). Currently Jennifer is facing criticism that she’s ‘too fat’ to play Katniss, but I’m sorry, could you really see some size zero actress convincingly play a part where they fight for their life for weeks on end? I think not.

The rest of the cast give a stellar performance too. There’s eye candy in the form of Liam Hemsworth (Gale) and, I kid you not, Lenny Kravitz (Cinna). Woody Harrelson plays a gloriously odd Haymitch, and Amandla Stenberg that plays Rue is too adorable!

And I can’t not mention that the plot is fantastic. I was gripped from about five minutes in (the camera work on the first few scenes took a bit of getting used so as it’s quite shaky). There’s everything that you could want from a film - romance, action, suspense, drama, and thankfully it’s not too ‘teen movie’ as I feared it might be.

My husband summed it up as like ‘Gladiator meets George Orwell’s 1984’. For once, he might just be along the right lines! For me, The Hunger Games was incredibly thought provoking and it’s made a lasting impression - we’ve not stopped talking about it for days.

The verdict? I bloody loved it. I’d even go as far as saying that is one of the best films I’ve seen in the past few years, seriously.

If you’re stuck for someone to go with, then just let me know. I’d watch The Hunger Games  again (and again and again) in a heartbeat.

Just a word of warning though, if you’ve not read the books and are just planning to wait for the other films, DO NOT read the back of the other two books. I made that mistake... massive spoiler alert!