[SPOILER ALERT – If you haven’t seen The Hunger Games and don’t want any part of the movie ruined, do NOT read on.]
After driving around to various Redbox kiosks in Akron last night, we finally got our hands on a copy of The Hunger Games. We heard from a lot of people how AWESOME and AMAZING this movie is, so needless to say, we were expecting a lot.
But maybe we shouldn’t have been.
Am I the only one who didn’t think The Hunger Games was one of the best movies of 2012? Sure, it was entertaining (although very disturbing, sheesh), but it wasn’t THAT great. As typically the case when a book is adapted into a movie, the character development seemed to be lacking. I had so many unanswered questions: Are we supposed to hate Katniss’ mother, or empathize with her? I know times are bad, but why on earth was Katniss sleeping outside in the rain in the Peeta/burnt bread scene? And what the heck was the purpose of those THINGS eating people at the end of the movie? Was that really necessary? I see a resurgence of them in a nightmare in my future…
And I wish the writers would make up their mind about Katniss’ likeability: we’re told multiple times that she struggles with getting others to “like” her, yet she has not one, but two would-be suitors. And let’s not forget that the mother of her fellow District 12 competitor predicted Katniss would win (and tells her son this. Yikes). I don’t know, Katniss…you seem pretty darn likeable to me…
All that said, I did like the movie…but it was far from amazing. The storyline was unique, shocking and kept my attention, but from what I hear, the same could be said for an episode of Jersey Shore. For me, it takes more than that for a movie to be one of the best of the year. However, I would like to give a big “Thank you!” to whichever member of the casting group picked Lenny Kravitz to be Cinna. Bravo! Excellent choice.
Anyone else think The Hunger Games was overly hyped? Or do you think I’m totally crazy?