The Hunger Games – A review

 

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In his attempt to do justice to the popular The Hunger games series, Francis Lawrence has gone all out to recreate every word in The Hunger Games novel. The dystopian war movie, begins with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), recovering from her injuries.

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth reprise their roles as Peeta Mellark and Gail Hawthorne, for the last time, with great vigour. While both male actors struggle to surpass themselves; the blood, sound and action seem to have a more profound effect on your heart.

While the movie is considered groundbreaking in terms of feminism, it appears incredulous that Jennifer Lawrence has actually won two Oscars. Her pale, bewildered expression at certain times, does not resemble the Katniss in the book.

What makes the movie unconventional, is the reflection of current situation in British politics. As Katniss and her rebel force headed by Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) attempt to overthrow the Capitol ruled by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) , the power play, the sinister plots, terrorism and rebellion is identifiable to everyone. It gives the audience a better understanding of the intricate process involved in a revolution, the psychology of those orchestrating it and the circumstances that alter the human mind.

Whilst the cinematography is to be exalted, the dull and dreary milieu in the movie, placates those who despise London’s weather. In the first ten minutes of the movie, the confusion and chaos of the world is depicted, the low tone of the characters’ voices only diminishes the importance of the situation.

Sutherland does a great job being a dictator and Julianne Moore decided to be a maverick in this movie, which does not work in her favour. But clearly, the older cast has stolen the show from the youngsters.

The actors behave as they please, presumably due to poor direction. Francis Lawrence has put in all his directional efforts into action scenes and ignored the acting. Every minute detail has been carefully planned and executed, recreating a war scenario.

Just like many other movies of the dystopian genre, there seems to be more action and less conversation.  The bombs, the laying siege to the residence, the obliviousness of the female protagonist has all been said and done.

However, the close-ups and wide shots in certain scenes were unnecessary. The camera angles haven’t played a vital role in the narration of the movie, but the emotions is what captures your attention. The loss of family, homes and diaspora and the aftermath of a war on the survivors silences all thoughts in your mind.

Even after the movie has ended, your musings about the scenes you witnessed will not cease anytime soon.

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