100-Word Review: The Hunger Games

How do you solve a problem like PG? By focusing on the violence as minimally as the book does, of course. As faithful an adaptation as fans could have hoped for, Jennifer Lawrence ably carries two-plus hours through the disturbing, tensely directed Reaping through to a more perfunctory but often visceral series of teenage deaths. And while there is often too much information to let the Games themselves breathe, the fact that the most emotionally effective sequences involve a secondary character’s demise and a violent uprising bodes well for where this trilogy eventually ends up. Faithful yet effective; bodes well.

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About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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2 Responses to 100-Word Review: The Hunger Games

  1. I agree, I think they walked the line pretty well.

    • alfla says:

      True, although I think the ending was a little flat – but that could be the book itself.

      I thought the opening sections in District 12 were fantastic. Really sharply directed, and the use of silence when Prim was Reaped was perfect. Enjoyed the Capitol, too, and was really affected by Rue and the uprising in District 11.

      Use of handicam style also worked really well. It was very grungy compared to an overly polished adaptation like the Harry Potter series.

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