The first part of 4 part review series. Let’s begin!
Basic Summary – In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.
The first film is what would be a phenomenon. It is a simple looking film – not many fancy effects. It gets straight to the point and follows the book pratically word by word. Which is a miracle considering how most book-to-film productions don’t do this a much these days. The actors are just how the book describes them. I especially love who they cast Gale as…I’m not going to reveal what team I’m on…but yeah I totally am okay with both men in their roles.
The action scenes are well conserved and placed where needed. I like that it takes roughly the first hour to set the scene while the rest of the film (roughly the last hour) is in the arena setting – kinda how the book set it up.
All in all – if you haven’t seen the films, where have you been.
Go check them out immediately.