Do you feel like there’s nothing at the movie right now? Have you seen The Dark Knight Rises for the gazillionth this and need something new in your life? Well have no fear because the first blockbuster of 2012 comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD. From the first of Suzanne Collins’ epic trilogy, The Hunger Games, challenges Twilight as the new teen movie sensation. For those who’ve been living in isolation and have come back to the work to read a DVD review, Games takes place in a dystopian future of North America where the land separates into twelve districts. Each year, the districts draw both a male and female teenage to compete in the annual Hunger Games, a competition where the twelve districts fight to the death until one remains in an arena created and controlled by the Capitol. When her younger sister, Prrrrrrimrose Everrrdeen, gets drawn, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers herself into the game. What follows is an introduction to a grave new world and a literal fight for her life.
Two schools of thoughts form when watching THG—those who read the book and those who have not. Readers may get caught up in analyzing how the movie compares with the book. Indeed the film is not a pure adaptation but the heart of the story remains in tact. As a movie, THG makes quite a spectacle but the real achievement comes from the performance of a tremendous ensemble cast. Woody Harrelson acts like his scene-stealing self as Katniss’ drunken mentor/Hunger Games winner Haymitch and Elizabeth Bank’s adaptation of Effie Trinket was perhaps the best carryover from the book, but the real credit goes to Jennifer Lawerence’s Katniss.
A memorable scene shows Katniss and Peeta conversing before their inevitable walk into the games. Peeta confesses that no matter what occurs, he still wants to be himself. He doesn’t want the games to change him. Katniss replies coldly, “I just can’t afford to think that way.” Lawrence brings a hardness and intensity to a character trapped in an arena with little hope of survival, but she’s willing to do anything to get back to her home.
Special features on Blu-Ray include a Making-Of featurette along with interviews with the filmmakers and deeper look inside the creation of The Hunger Games world. Indeed an item that if you buy, plan on saving up for the rest of the trilogy.
May the odds be ever in your favor…