I won’t mince words: The Hunger Games is fantastic.
The acting is top notch on every front and the dystopian vision is well-handled, especially considering the fact that there’s little exposition, the background and backfill for the world, as the storyline is well woven into the threads of the movie. All of the actors were perfectly chosen for their roles. The true standout is Jennifer Lawrence, which is hardly a surprise considering the knockout job she did in Winter’s Bone, but the acting is fabulous all the way around.
The book and its dark vision translates well to the big screen, probably in part due to the author, Suzanne Collins’, input.
Really and truly the only things that prevents this from being a 5.0 star movie are the few scenes where there’s a bit of drag. I don’t see a way around these scenes, as they’re important in preventing the movie from moving towards a typical, little-time-to-breathe blockbuster, so perhaps I’m just being stingy.
So go see The Hunger Games, it’s accolades are well-earned.
4.5 / 5.0
Cast list (courtesy of Wikipedia)
- Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
- Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
- Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
- Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
- Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
- Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
- Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
- Donald Sutherland as President Coriolanus Snow