It’s kinda unfair to write a review of The Hunger Games. The hype before its release was so big that there was almost no way it could ever live up to it. (The Dark Knight is the only recent movie I can think of that was able to deliver a product that matched people’s anticipation.)
I’d describe THG as “adequate.” There was nothing spectacular or offensive, though I could’ve done without the shaky camera. Purists will be glad that it stuck to the plot laid out in the book, and people who haven’t read it should be able to follow the story. As is often the case in big budget adaptations, context and character development were pared down in favor of special effects. Also, I’m not a proponent of violence person, but the action was too sanitized to be truly affecting.
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