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28 March 2012 @ 05:55 pm
feel the hunger  

Yesterday Gay and I went to see The Hunger Games, and we both liked it.  Maybe I liked it a little more, but then I find more entertainment in blood & gore than she does.

The movie wasn't extreme in that regard.  Realistic but not exploitational.   The violence expertly controlled.

(I can see why they wanted to hold back for the sake of ratings, though god knows a little nudity and sex, or a lot, might have made the movie more appealing to a certain degenerate coterie.  To which I enthusiastically belong.)

You probably know the situation:  in a dystopic future two youngsters, male and female, are drafted to go into a primitive combat situation with other pairs from other regions, to fight to the death.  Only one person will be allowed to live.

Of course our pair falls in love.  The girl, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is most impressive.  Pretty but not glamorous, with very little or very subtle makeup, acting with wonderful smoldering energy, pent up and then exploding.  The guy, Josh Hutcherson, becomes a male version of the damsel in distress, and does a good job in that more limited role; Woody Harrelson has a sharp extended cameo as their mentor, one of the few surviving veterans of the games.

The sets and crowd scenes in the beginning are good zany filmic science fiction, amusing horrific shoddiness in a future that has gone wrong in so many ways.

It wouldn't do to examine the logic behind the story too closely.  But then it's not presented as a realistic future.  As an extended brutal metaphor it works well.  Highly recommended.

Joe
 
 
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Autopopeautopope on March 28th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Have you read the book?

(I just finished it today -- haven't seen the movie yet. The love story is a bit more equivocal than your summary, which makes me suspect the movie left something out ...)
joe_haldemanjoe_haldeman on March 28th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Definitely open for a couple of sequels, Charles.

Haven't read the book yet . . . thought it might be too "young" for me. Guess I will get to it.

Joe
ookpikookpik on March 29th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
IMHO the movie is "younger" than the book, and not only because the violence is somewhat elided for the sake of ratings. The love story is definitely equivocal and more complex, and characters other than the lead better delineated.

Also, the second and third books are even better.
tudzatudza on March 29th, 2012 07:11 am (UTC)
The girl doesn't fall in love with anyone in the book, which I found most refreshing. As far as she knows, the whole love story business is a ploy she goes along with to improve her chances of staying alive. Her hunting buddy back home is just a hunting buddy.

I believe this is the line the movie followed as well.

What happens in the next two books I couldn't say.
Gummitchgummitch on March 30th, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
If you haven't already, Winter's Bone which also stars Jennifer Lawrence, is well worth seeing.
joe_haldemanjoe_haldeman on April 1st, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
About time, says me. I'll brush off my squid-to-academese and academese-to-English dictionaries!
Henry Hallantimecorps on April 2nd, 2012 08:56 am (UTC)
About time, possibly ... but also announced on April 1st. :-(

Am I the only person who finds April 1st full of stories we wish were true?
joe_haldemanjoe_haldeman on April 2nd, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
Those who rush in where April Angels fear to tread . . .
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