30 May 2014

The Hunger Games/The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  Movie Name: The Hunger Games/The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Director: Gary Ross/Francis Lawrenc
Year: 2012/2013

          The Hunger Games went viral.  It swept over the nation and I never saw it until this past month.  Yeah, my friends thought I was crazy, but I didn't know if I would like it.  My sister had read the books and didn't like them very much, and most people I knew either loved the books and movies or hated them.  Thus I never made a huge effort to actually watch the movies.  So here we go!  My thoughts and such on the hunger games (if anyone wants to know...)

          As most know, the Hunger Games & Catching Fire deal with a futuristic dystopian community.  Katniss Everdeen is put forth from district 12 to fight to the death and win the hunger games.  She and Peeta (also from district 12) fight together, and end up winning together-- as a change in the rules.  However, President Snow feels that Katniss could very well cause an uprising in Panem, and thus, he creates a new game-- the Third Quarter Quell, where all surviving victors of the Hunger Games must partake and-- fight to the death.  This is almost more than Katniss could handle.  For one, her love is torn between her lifelong friend Gale, and Peeta-- her fiance.  Snow wants Katniss gone forever-- without the risk of an uprising.
           Thus he creates one of the toughest games ever for the victors to fight in.  Peeta and Katniss ally with Finnick Odair and Mag.  Later they for an alliance with Beetee, Wiress, and Johanna Mason.  Together they battle to break free of the other victors as well as the game itself.

         My thoughts?  I really loved the movies.  They made me think, and were way better than my expectations.  There wasn't too much awkwardness or language (which tends to happen in all PG-13 movies now).  This helped me to focus more on the actual story than any of the movie's faults.  Personally I don't think I would be able to read the books even though I enjoyed both movies (and am planning on seeing the 3rd one in theatres).  How could the movie have improved?  I think for its type of movie they did a wonderful job-- especially with the loads of book fans around.  From what I heard they stayed close to both novels (let me know if I'm totally wrong on this....).
          Both films showed what can happen when government takes over all lives and choices.  We need to fight for our freedom, and recognize the difference between beneficial laws and suffocating laws.
          Last of all-- yes I would recommend both movies.  They were great stories and, although not the most light hearted, were commical at moments.  The Hunger Games & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are both movies that I would re-watch and would want others to see as well.

What are your thoughts on the Hunger Games movies?  Have you read the books and how did they compare to eachother?  Do you like one more than the other?

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