After recently acquiring Netflix (on trial at the moment), I thought I would catch up on all the films I have missed out on that I have really wanted to see, with this including The Hunger Games. After all the hype and attention it got, it made me want to watch it even more, but the main reason why I wanted to watch it was because it sounded very much like an american version of Battle Royale.
After watching the whole thing, I didn’t feel like I wanted to shout to the rooftops like most people have, probably because I was expecting too much of it. There were also a couple of things in the film that irked me.
1) I’m pretty sure most of the film was all about the build up to the Games rather than the actual fighting itself. I haven’t read the books and don’t know if this is how it is in the books, but for the focus of the film being about the games itself and expecting to see fighting and bloodshed for it to then see Katniss sleep in a tree half the time didn’t get me going. Maybe it was like the first Harry Potter and was just a film explaining everything rather than being entertaining…
2) During the build-up for the games, Woody Harrelson went on about sponsors so much that it was bound to be used heavily during the fighting. The only thing the sponsors were involved in was sending Katniss (and only Katniss) some Vaseline and some special chicken soup, which was for Katniss to give to big jaw kid. It was a huge let down. Why wasn’t sponsors used more during the Games? Again, they may have during the books, I couldn’t tell you. But for Woody to basically fap over sponsors throughout the film and hardly see them utilised when it mattered was poor form.
3) Why did that lad who saved Katniss from knife-throwing girl not kill Katniss afterwards? A life and death situation where the Highlander reference is highly important (“There can be only one”), knowing full well that there was literally 4 or 5 of them left, why didn’t he take advantage of the situation? He had a big-ass knife, plus built like a brick shithouse. He chose to save her “just this once”. It’s towards the end of the games you numbnuts, stab her! So after this happened, you think “Well he’s going to appear later and have something to do with the ending”, but no, you just hear him scream later whilst he gets eaten by a half werewolf. half staffordshire bull terrier. Bit disappointing.
4) The lack of fighting in the film was also a let down. You saw a fair bit of killing during the start of the actual games, but for the rest of the games, I think I saw about….3 fights? Including the end scuffle? How can you make a film about people killing each other and only show a handful of fights. It’s like making a porno, but only showing the kissing.
Overall, it was an all right film, Jennifer Lawrence is pretty hot so kept my attention. Plus there was a football match I was following on twitter too so I kept phasing in and out during the tree sleeping scenes to check the score, but I don’t think I missed anything important. I’d probably watch the sequel just to see the story out. I did the same with the TV show Heroes when it went a bit shit. Also because Hayden Panettiere is hot.
So basically if there was no hot leading actress, I may not watch the next film. Also Battle Royale beats Hunger Games hands down due to excessive violence and original deaths, plus decent love story, but The Hunger Games still a better love story than Twilight.