Saturday, 24 March 2012
The Hunger Game -review
Being a story told through a first-person narrative,I was doubtful and was wondering how Gary Ross would adapt the bestseller novel.We saw how it bombed with Twilight.I don't wanna waste my time with the plot as many of might be aware of it by now.If not check my post here and here.
The film is 98% faithful to the novel and that is huge.The only new scenes would be the rebellion scene in district 11 and conversation between Seneca and President Snow.
Gary Ross manages to capture all the emotions brilliantly from the start of the film where you see the the children walking for the reaping wearing their pale tone clothes to the colourful and cheerful Capitol.I loved how he portrayed the difference of the two main lead beautifully without being loud to your face.
The scene where both Katniss and Peeta was being brought to the train ,you get to see how the two characters are different.You see Katniss trying to suppress her emotions while Peeta crying not caring about people seeing him.You get to see again how Peeta manages to adapt and charm the capitol citizen as soon they reached the Capitol by waving and smiling while Katniss still find it difficult to be likable.The movies had a lot of those kind of scenes.
The screenplay was superb and manages to have the momentum going from the start till the end.However the editing of the film could have been better.Numerous blurry shots did cause some headaches.
The costume department and the Art direction department really was the best technical aspects of the film.The costume designs in the film is amazing.I guess the two time Oscar nominee Judiana must have been satisfied as she used almost all the colours in the spectrum to create colourful costumes.The sets for the capitol training centre and the interior of the train and the hotels looks amazing.The looks of the Avox was superb.The music score by T Bone Burnett and James Newton Howard was another plus point of the film.While the eerie score in the beginning of the film set the tone of the first half ,the second half was a mixture of modern and traditional music(I believe I heard some Chinese influence musics in the scenes in arena)
The visual effects was a big letdown.Being a big budgeted film,I expected the visual effects to be great.The dress/fire scene ,the train and the Mutts looks like the CG that you find in a cheap low quality film.However the Capitol does look amazing.Another negative point would be the lack of violence .I'm not asking for Spartacus or 300 like violence but some violence to show the audience how deadly the tournament is.The lack of violence gives the film a juvenile feel.It does make me wonder how would they handle the next film as the next film would be mostly about war and its aftermath and of course the Quarter Quell.I just hope they would never emphasise the so call love triangle as the novel never does that.
Overall.The Hunger Games is a good adaptation of the novel with amazing performance from the cast especially Jennifer Lawrence with some technical aspects that should have been better considering the budget.
Possible Oscar Nominations:
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design- Judiana Markovsky
Best Original Score-T Bone& James Newton Howard