Movie Review: “The Hunger Games”
Reviewed by Annie Robinson, 15
The hotly-anticipated movie interpretation of the best-selling novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was an exciting, action-packed and epic movie that I would definitely recommend. From the incredible acting to the amazing set design and costumes this movie is already a hit and I can see why! Not only did the movie stay true to the majority of the novel, it also portrayed the futuristic civilization of the Panem people excellently.
The Hunger Games takes place in the future in the land of Panem (North America). The story revolves around the life of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) a compassionate, loving, and confident teenage girl who is selected as “tribute” from her district to compete in the event of the year—The Hunger Games. The ‘Games’ are a nationally televised event in which a male and female from each of the 12 districts of Panem are brought together in a massive arena to fight to death until only one remains. Each of the Tributes undergo intensive training and mentoring to prepare for The Hunger Games. Katniss used her archery skills to stay alive and is forced to make difficult choices about her life and her relationship with fellow Tribute Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Human nature, life, love, and determination figure in the movie as Katniss competes in The Hunger Games.
There were many reasons to love The Hunger Games, but for me the special effects and costume design were true standouts! While I was watching the movie, everything from the fights to the gory conditions of life in the arena felt completely authentic. Another aspect I loved about the movie was the costume design. All of the characters’ wardrobes were stunning and portrayed both the futuristic time period as well as the personality of the character.
Another invaluable aspect of the movie was the incredible girl power theme that rang clear throughout the production. The protagonist, Katniss, is empowering to young women because in the arena, she proves herself to be one of the most skilled and competitive tributes. The girls-can-do-anything message was a really great addition to the movie.
Overall, The Hunger Games was a spectacular movie that I would highly recommend. The story line was exciting, the actors were impeccable, and the special effects and costume design were amazing! Not to mention, the female empowerment message was also a great touch. The Hunger Games has definitely earned its coveted position as the next big trend.
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