Sunday, 15 April 2012

Look out Hollywood

With an average rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5, we know before we even order our popcorn and ticket that 'The Hunger Games' film will be incredible. So, as me and my best friend sat down to watch the film, we had prepared ourselves for gruesome scenes, distraught murderous ways and high-flying action. If you don't know what the Hunger Games are, then here's a little info.

"Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love"- http://www.rottentomatoes.com

So, from the prolouge already, there is a sense of action and fun. I have to admit, i hadn't read the books (I know, im an idiot) but my friend had and she was in LOVE. When I did see it, I was in awe. The way the actors portrayed they're characters was amazing. As I recall, a young Isabelle Fuhrman played the murderous 'Clove' and she completely blew me AWAY. I remember her from her psycho days in the film 'Orphan' back in 2009. She has us jumping off our feet as a tribute from District 2 alongside her psychopathic partner Cato, played by Alexander Ludwig. Cato was the last person to die in the film and Clove came fourth.
                                            Clove and Cato from District 2

But, ironically, it was a young 12-year-old girl that made the story. Her name was 'Rue' and she was portrayed by the young actress Amandla Stenberg. She was a fantastic tribute, who took a liking to the main character, Katniss Everdeen. Jennifer Lawrence was the actress behind Katniss, who was the tribute due to the fact that her younger sister, Primrose, was the first tribute. For this happening, Katniss volunteered- the first ever volunteer! Katniss had a way with a bow and arrow, playing her companion and protector during the games. Alongside Lawrence being the star, was Josh Hutcherson, who has starred in many films such as 'Bridge to Terabithia' in 2007 and played the role of 'Peeta'. Hutcherson and Lawrence portrayed a couple in 'love' which then became they're saviour in the end.

Personally, my rating of this film would be a 5/5 due to the fact it made me an emotional wreck but I also got the feeling of compassion for the characters, portrayed by these young actors. Watch out Hollywood, there's some new kids on the block- watch this space.

 Note to self- read the books.




Katniss and Peeta in training  

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