The Hunger Games

May 22, 2012 at 10:55 am | Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment

◊ ½

I’m not really sure what I expected from this film.  The truth is, the book itself is only okay.  It is a quick read and, as such, I appreciated the escapism, but this isn’t Michael Cunningham here.  The film certainly stays true to the spirit of the book, even while changing a variety of plot pieces (mostly for the better, actually).  The action and special effects were about what I expected and the acting was certainly up to the task.  Perhaps, I was bothered by the waste of a talent like Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”), who can clearly act a great deal better than was required of her here.  Or, perhaps, just seeing the book on film, made me see just how silly so much of the story is.  Apparently, the trick to being a wealthy author is to not be another Michael Cunningham.

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