The Hunger Games
Release Date: March 23, 2o12
Genre: Action, Dystopia, Drama
Summary: Set in a futuristic version of North America, the country of Panem was made up of Thirteen Districts – all ruled by the Capitol. At one point in the past, the Districts rebelled and were crushed. As a reminder that no treason of the kind would be tolerated again, the Capitol began The Hunger Games. Each year the twelve remaining districts must offer one girl and one boy as tribute – the twenty four children must then fight to the death in a pageant broadcast live on television for the whole world to see. When Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute to save her little sister Prim, she goes to the Games not realizing she would soon be dubbed “the girl on fire.” Beloved by the Capitol crowd, hated by President Snow, and seen as a symbol of hope by the districts, she unknowingly creates a spark that could lead to much more as she tries to keep herself and fellow tribute Peeta alive.
I think it’s safe to say we had all been looking forward to this movie feeling both very excited and also somewhat nervous. After the travesty that was made of Harry Potter, we weren’t too keen to watch another beloved book series be ruined on film. Would they cut too much out? Would it be what the media was calling a “sanitized version?” Would we know what was going on at all without Katniss’ inner monologue guiding us? Luckily, it turns out our fears were mostly unfounded. While no movie can ever be exactly like the book – The Hunger Games did a damn good job of coming as close as possible. Read our thoughts below and share your own evaluation with us!
WARNING: Please be advised there are spoilers for both the book and the movie in this post and discussion.