The Hunger Games Movie Review – The Hunger Games, staring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth is based on the novel, The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins. The movie is set in a future, in a different type of North America after a uprising and a formation of a new law of the lands. The Capitol, the new headquarters of Panem, is the powerhouse to 12 districts across the country who selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television every year. Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match. The movie follows Katniss as she enters into an unknown world of the Capitol where she sees how the other people from her society live and into the grueling Hunger Games arena. Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark the boy chosen from Katniss’s district, develops an interesting relationship with her as the movie progresses. His character plays a key role in Katniss’s success in the arena and changes her relationships as well. The comparison between the book and movie is loose at times, with underlying understandings that the movie doesn’t have time to mention. The movie is graphic at times, but if you were someone who’s read the book, you would know what you were in for.
The movie is able to captivate the audience throughout; with a creative depiction of the book that somewhat brings it to life at times. The supporting characters help to add drama and suspense to the movie as the story follows along. There were a few elements in the book that would have helped the movie audience to understand a bit better, but perhaps they will be brought up in the next movie, Catching Fire, which beings filming soon.