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Film - the Hunger Games - No Spoilers - dorsetgirl
March 24th, 2012
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Film - the Hunger Games - No Spoilers
I’ve been holding off reading the book(s) because with the sole exception of Harry Potter, every film-from-a-book I’ve ever seen has been a major disappointment. So I decided to watch the film first and work up.

[As an aside, my fifteen-year-old has read the books, and he felt the film reflected them (or more particularly, plot-wise, the first one) reasonably well in terms of characterisation, plot and general tone.]

Well, I enjoyed the film, quite a lot. Reading the reviews this evening when we got home, there are various points from the book that critics say have been left out of the film; well, maybe for some people, but I got them. I’m looking forward to reading the books now, but I totally got the message that this is about us, and our society, and the extent to which some characters were just performing for the cameras.

“Most Interesting Male” Award: There was one character who, all the way through the film, I was thinking, “Who is that guy? Very charismatic, rather attractive and faintly familiar.” Watching the credits at the end, I was gobsmacked to find it was Woody Harrelson. (Well, OK, I haven’t seen him in anything except Cheers, and he was just a pretty boy and presumably thirty years younger then). Very nice piece of work there.

The only time the film dragged, for me, was when it suddenly turned into a teenage luuurve moment, but apparently the books were written for teenagers, so I suppose that was to be expected.

Conclusion: go and see it, it’s an interesting story and a clever look at the superficial nature of modern society.

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Date:March 25th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
everyone loves it so much that I automatically want to pay no attention to it

Yes, I do that too! I would never have got round to actually seeing this film, but one of my kids chose it for his birthday treat.

Whether it's a criticism of our society is, I think, in the eye of the beholder. If you see certain faults in our society - presentation over substance, competition over working together, massive rich/poor divide, setting up as targets people who want to better themselves, and watching and laughing as they fall - then it's probably a criticism, in my view.
Date:March 26th, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that you would rec it - I read the book in hospital and enjoyed it through a haze of unwellness, but enjoyed it all the more because I could actually engage with it despite feeling shit (the fact that all the protagonists were in lots of pain too helped somehow!) And I do like big shiny films and I hoped it would be good and have decent pace etc etc so that it would be worth dragging myself to it (I find it quite uncomfortable to sit in cinemas so I like to know that I'm going to something worth my time!)
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