The hunger pains
GUS GRAVES, Advertising Editor
While trapped in a car for nineteen hours on our way from Beloit to Georgia, four friends and I opted to listen to the audio book, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. The novel was not only good enough to make the drive bearable, but also engaging enough thwart off a certain driver’s insatiable Enya appetite. Like many best sellers, the novel is classified as young adult, but readers of all ages can connect with the characters, and the decisions regarding morality and love.
Fast forward three weeks and I make a 10:30 impulse purchase to see the 12:04a.m. showing of “The Hunger Games,” and now I’m waiting for the movie to start, crying into a large popcorn bag due to an incredibly preventable stomach ache. When the movie starts I notice immediately how gorgeous Jennifer Lawrence is, the actress who plays quiet and fierce Katniss. From hunting game, to hunting humans, to twirling around in fire-lit dress, Lawrence has no trouble portraying a young woman who seems capable of anything. Katniss’ partner-in-glorified-crime, Peeta, is played by Josh Hutcherson, who has a tendency to awkwardly deliver his lines and sports a funny-shaped head. Peeta is a baker’s son whose primary talents are lifting heavy objects and camouflage. Compared to Katniss, he is a weakling who has as much chance surviving in the arena as a Beloiter does in a crowded Madison bar. Despite his mediocre acting, Hutcherson reminds me of Ryan Atwood from “The O.C.” with his Arian looks and slow deliveries. Incredibly, Hutcherson and Lawrence produce a kickass team who help each other when they are in the most need and spark the fire of a revolution.
The movie gives a new perspective on some of the events that went down during the games, such as meetings with President Snow and the Gamemaker. I also enjoyed how closely the movie paralleled the book, keeping the rating PG-13 by only showing fleeting glimpses of the maming of pre-pubescent warriors. The plot was not significantly altered, like in some movie adaptations of popular books, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the action of my favorite scenes.
I was, however, unhappy with the style of shooting. It reminded me of home videos where there’s a frenzy of action, but the camera is so shaky that you can’t focus on any one part. This effect was primarily utilized when characters were chasing and fighting each other, and was slightly nauseating (the 100+ ounces of previously consumed soda didn’t help either).
Besides the camera work, I was largely impressed by the movie adaption of “The Hunger Games” and recommend it to any fan of the book, and also to the people who enjoyed the Harry Potter movies without having read the book. To people looking for a cinematic masterpiece, hedge your bets on “The Lorax.” JK, wait for The Hobbit.