Notes: I've read the first book and seen the movie. This review will also contain spoilers. So. The Hunger Games, a.k.a. "the new Harry Potter". I'm sorry, but I just don't see it. I had to force myself to finish the book (and I'm a voracious reader - had the highest count of checked out books in my high school board's district library). Katniss is unrelatable for me. She's either petulant or bland, there's no middle ground. I ended up rooting for characters like Clove, Glimmer, Cato and Gale - at least they had some shades of depth to them! The writing style was very hard to work around (I've read books set in the present tense before, so it's not that). I didn't go into the movie with high hopes, so I can't say whether I'm disappointed or grimly satisfied. Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss was underwhelming. She either had a blank, slack-jawed look on her face or a sullen glare. She did gain some points with me when she was allowed to act (during the Tracker Jacker sting scene when she screams at her mother), but other than that, it was a giant let-down (sort of a slightly-more-emotional Bella Swann, who I also strongly disliked). Josh Hutcherson was similarly awful, and the others mostly faded into the background (I actually rolled my eyes during Rue's death scene). The camera work was terrible, too jittery and unfocused for viewers to actually see and understand what was going on. We barely got to know any of the tributes, so seeing them die didn't really matter on an emotional level. Our theatre was entirely silent throughtout the whole film - only my aunt's jumping when the "fauxtation" appeared out of the bushes reminded me that I wasn't watching it by myself. There were some highlights, though, mainly the adult actors (and a few of the younger actors). They did the best with what they were given, which, sadly, wasn't much. Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth, Isabelle Fuhrmann, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci and Wes Bentley deserve kudos for their work. Final score: 3/10 Will I Be Reading Any Of The Other Books/Seeing Any Of The Other Movies?: No. Other Comments: Battle Royale did it first and better. Sorry.
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