When I first saw The Hunger Games at the midnight showing with my 3 boy-crazy friends, we did all the things 12-year-olds might do at the one movie that they are most excited for. We cried, we giggled uncontrollably, we screamed, we did the ‘District 12 3-fingers-to-lips peace sign’, we even shouted “Team Peeta!” once the movie ended.
The second time was different. In between the two movies I had bought two Hunger Games t-shirts, socks, and the Mockingjay pin. Then I went to the movie again with my dad. I still liked it, but less so. I noticed the CGI fire coming off of the costumes as Katniss and Peeta came riding down on their chariots in the ‘District Parade’. Once I saw this, I glanced at my dad to make sure he wasn’t laughing or wasn’t looking at me grinning. I started imagining RiffTrax or Mystery Science Theater 3000 showing this movie. Once I thought of this, I didn’t talk about the movie any more.
I am sure that if it was one of my friends, Grace, (the boy-crazy, Justin Bieber lover, Abercrombie shopper) reviewing The Hunger Games she would have said that there wasn’t enough kissing. I do agree that there wasn’t the same amount as in the book, but I really don’t care about kissing in movies.
But, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it the second time as much as the first time. I did love it both times, just less so the second time. It was still the best blockbuster movie I’ve seen this year.
Based off of The Hunger Games trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay written by Suzanne Collins (yes, she wrote Clifford the Big Red Dog), the story takes place in the futuristic USA, called Panem. There are 12 Districts, like states, and a Capital, sort of like the Boulder through Denver corridor. Each district specializes in making a different resource that the Capital uses: District 1: Luxuries (furniture, or anything to make your house look pretty), District 2: Masonry (they build the cities), 3: Technology, 4: Fishing, 5: Power (electric, solar, and nuclear), 6: Transportation, 7: Lumber, 8: Textiles, 9: Grain, 10: Livestock, 11: Agriculture, 12: Mining.
Then there is The Hunger Games, a televised 2 to 3 week show of kids killing each other until there is one person left. This is for all the people in the Capital’s amusement. The kids must be 12-18 years old to compete. The one person who wins gets a mansion, and, well, a lot of money. When you are 12, you get your name entered once to compete, 13, twice, 14, 3 times, and so on. But, you can enter your name another time to get food for your family, and then you have a better chance of getting picked.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) lives in District 12. She often goes out hunting with her guy-friend, Gale (Liam Hemsworth), who obviously likes Katniss. On the day of the reaping (where they pick who will compete in the games) it just so happens to be that Katniss’ 12 year old sister, Primrose, or ‘Prim’, gets picked for the District 12 girl. Katniss volunteers as tribute and a nobody known as Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), is picked as boy.
They both go through some very strange moments with Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley), and President Snow (Donald Sutherland)–all crazy capital people who kind of disturbed me.
Then they meet their fellow tributes. The ones from Districts 1 and 2 are the ones known as the careers, because, before the games, they train for them, and then volunteer for whoever gets picked, one of whom is Isabelle Fuhrman, who was an orphan when she was 12 (I know, she looks like she’s 5 in it).
So she basically goes into the games and almost gets killed 50 different times. There is a ton of blood once the games start, including 12-year-olds ending up with axes in their heads, so I would not recommend this to 9-year-olds. Plus, you see a little girl pull a spear out of her stomach. So, It is not a good idea to show this to your sensitive 9-year-old whom it’s even hard for them to handle watching The Wizard of Oz. I would suggest this for anyone 10 or older, maybe 11 or 12. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 8/18/12