Monday, 9 December 2013

Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games ( Movie and Book)


  

Plot:


Winning will make you famous. 
Losing means certain death.

In a dystopian future, the  nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are to fight against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. This is a story of a society so oppressed by the government that they don’t ever say a word when their children are put in a death match and are treated like animals. But all of this is to stop. Katniss Everdeen is going to show them something they never considered and the rules are about to change.

Summary:

1. A sharp and intelligent heroine with just the right amount of emotion who gives in to absolutely nothing and no one? 
2. A sweet and sensitive hero who loves and supports the heroine unconditionally? 
3. An original setting with a unique and thrilling plot? 
4. A couple of earth-shattering shocks every now and then to keep the readers' mind reeling? 
5. Extraordinary side characters from interesting backgrounds who possess the much-needed Voice of Reason and/or Humor in every crisis? 
6. Desperate circumstances that force me to bite my nails in anxiety? 
7. An ending that provides the perfect premise for the sequel but also concludes the present book? 


Review

Everything is good with The Hunger Games (movie) ..it follows the book and gives a great background for the future films in the franchise. But still, some characters, some scenes are not there. Which is a little bit disappointing . Like if you haven’t read the book, you don’t know who Madge Undersee is. Other than that, I am greatly disappointed by the casting of Peeta Mellark. Josh Hutcherson, really? He looks younger than Jennifer Lawrence,his onscreen love interest  Katniss. Plus he’s short. Other than that the casting is perfect.  Ignoring the black and white Buttercup (Prim’s cat who surely gets replaced in the next movie to her book color) . Everything is fantastic. You start craving that mockingjay pin and want to braid your hair in a “Katniss Braid”..just like me! Hell, I want to learn archery because of this Hunger Games trilogy. If you are a young adult and a fan of sci-fiction or thriller genre, try this. Its mind boggling . Both the book and the movie has its perks. Its book has that perfect feel which will drive your imaginations in a different realm altogether and the movie has Jennifer Lawrence! Everyone loves her! She has proved her worth as one of the most famous and hardworking actresses in Hollywood in a very short span of time . Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne is another feast for your eyes. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, the mentor who guides them through this hell hole of a show does a splendid job .
"Everyone loves a good reality show! You’ll love this one too."
Another thing!! Listen to its soundtrack too..its AMAZING!!



My favorite quotes from the book/movie:
“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!”
-Effie Trinket

“Here’s some advice. Stay alive.”
-Haymitch Abernathy

“She has no idea. The effect she can have”
-Peeta Mellark
My Rating for the book and movie is: ****

Reviewed By Fouzia Umer
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