You all surely know the story, and I want to be as quick to recap it as possible. We are in a dystopian future: nation divided into 12 districts, and every year there is a reality show in which a girl and a boy from each district fights for their chance of survival in the Hunger Games - and only one can stay alive.
I first didn't care, well, there wasn't anything to care about, I had no idea this book even existed, not the mention the movie! Until one day it appeared on thatguywiththeglasses.com and it was reviewed by Nostalgia Chick and Nella. This happens to be the latter's favorite book. Now, being fans of the source material, I decided to rely more on their opinion then anyone else's: They liked it. Many others didn't, which is fine, but they made me want to see it. First thing that got me hooked was Jennifer Lawrence. At first I got the sense that this might be as bad as it is with Kristen Stewart in the Twilight movies, watching her be in constant pain and physically incapable of expressing any other kind of emotion, but there is a scene with Woody Harrelson that is witty and clever and simply put: genius. And from that second you are completely with her till the end.
Another thing I loved is that the movie didn't push on the love triangle. I've read that it is far more emphasized in the book. Here instead you have this constant knowledge that Katniss never really loved Peeta. She didn't hate him or anything, but she is given hints from Harrelson's character Haymitch that the audience loves them together, rather than apart - and the first lesson is that they need to please the crowd to win. She is constantly struggling with the thought of having to lie to Peeta, while knowing that that is her only way of surviving. Not to mention that clearly her heart draws her back home to Gale, her childhood best friend, played by Liam Hemsworth. She even says that she wishes she could forget all of this, while Peeta tells her that he doesn't want to - he is happy.
(UPDATE: I have now seen the movie 4 times and this problem has never presented itself again to me. I don't feel like changing what I wrote, because I did believe it then. But now, loving the movie as much as I do - it is perfect the way it is!)
1984 like' world where every TV shows this and it is an event that must be watched! There are no alternatives to it. Even though in a beautiful scene Gale refuses to stare at the screen where Katniss and Peeta are kissing, you can still see the masses watching. You think we need another season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Nope. Are we going to get another one? Yes, because 'the average joe' has it's TV on in the background all the time and that is counted in the ratings and some believe that if there is need for it, there should be more!
So that was The Hunger Games, coming up next are two cartoons that Disney&Pixar brought us, I'm sure you can guess, Brave and Wreck-It Ralph! Stay tuned as I have very little free time, but plenty to say!