No doubt most parents and teachers have felt the urge to abandon obnoxious adolescents to a ‘Lord of the Flies’ survival of the fittest scenario.
Now there is a film that does exactly that called ‘The Hunger Games‘, in which teenagers battle each other to the death. The film, based upon the book by Suzzanne Collins was greeted by Generation Z with the same enthusiasm once reserved for the Twilight franchise.
Therefore the following review is written by a teenager, whose assessment of a film made for their demographic is far more valuable and insightful, than a midlife woman’s critique.
Hunger Games Review
The film follows the trails of 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives in District 12, an impoverished village far from the main city called The Capitol. Alongside other luckless teenagers she is forced to fight to the death with those from other districts in a hostile wilderness area.
The Hunger Games are a result of a failed rebellion by the districts to liberate themselves. The Capitol then creates the tournament, naming it The Hunger Games, in which a boy and a girl aged between 12 and 18 from each district are sent to fight to the death.
Not much happens in the beginning of the story and it takes an hour and a half till The Hunger Games actually begin. This hour and a half is filled with Katniss and Peter (Josh Hutcherson) being selected and training for the games. Obviously it is a long time for not much to happen.
When The Hunger Games actually begin, the film turns into a fast paced action/thriller and starts to get interesting. The tournament itself is good, but it was far too short in comparison with the rest of the film.
I wouldn’t want to spoil the plot by going into detail, so I will just say that this tournament about teenagers brutally murdering one another is wrapped up in a nice happy ending, how lovely and totally predictable.
Overall the film is good (well above average), but I do not see why it was so loved by reviewers and I find it insulting it could be considered “film of the year”.
This movie is a good way to pass the time when borrowed from a video shop when you’re sitting comfortably, but it should not be considered special or worthy of the money spent to watch in a cinema.
In brief: watch in downtime and enjoy two hours and a half of a decent film.
Ethan Bell-Clarke (midlifexpress reviewer).