Hunger Games Viewer Review

It was a nice day today and I was feeling pretty good so I decided to break down and go to the movie theater for the first time in years to see Hunger Games. I never read the book(s) but I had a pretty good idea what to story line was gonna be.

I got to the multi-plex theater at 12:25 for 12:30 showing for the second showing of the day (sixth if you count four midnight premieres) and there was no line. My ticket cost $7.75 but the Diet Pepsi I bought at the concession counter as nearly as much. I had a choice between a small soda for $5.00 or a large (w/free refills) for $5.75. It turns out I didn’t need the refill. I didn’t want to take out a loan so I skipped the popcorn.

The theater I was in was about 10% full. The place is about 10 years old and has stadium seating and fold-down armrests with drink holders. I like stadium seating because you don’t have to worry about Shaq sitting in front of you and blocking your view. I hate packed theaters so I didn’t mind the emptiness.

They showed four or five previews. The new Chris Rock movie (What to Expect When You’re Expecting) and Snow White and the Huntsman both looked decent.

Finally the main feature began. It started kinda slow then picked up steam. I’m not gonna go into lots of detail about the plot. It was a pretty good movie but not a great one. I was expecting to be blown away but only got my hair ruffled. I might have liked it better if I had read the book.

It’s mostly a drama with a decent amount of action. The special effects are minimal and there isn’t much gore and no profanity, nudity or “adult situations”. It’s not a tear-jerker but emotional types might need one or two kleenexs. I’d say it’s more of a date movie than a chick flick. YMMV.

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24 Responses to Hunger Games Viewer Review

  1. WMCB says:

    I read the books, and really enjoyed them. It’s made me hesitant to see the film, as it’s extremely rare for me to think a film lives up to the book. There’s just too much detail and nuance that gets lost – and things that are at best a minor part of the book get sensationalized into the whole deal.

    I’m curious to see what people who have read the books have to say about this one. I haven’t seen Girl With the Dragon Tattoo yet, either, though I loved the books.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Yeah, it needed more character development but there wasn’t time for it unless they wanted to make the movie 3 hours long.

      • elliesmom2 says:

        There wasn’t much character development in the book either. It was the basic “whites hats” vs. “black hats” kind of thing. No shades of gray, which is typical for a young adult novel. My only really positive thing to say about it is that I prefer Katniss as a role model for young girls over Bella. I think it’s interesting that so many young adult novels are catching on with adults today. Harry Potter, the Twilight series, and now the Hunger Games. It might be like all of the adults who flocked to the theaters to see Shirley Temple movies in the 30’s. When times are tough, we want our entertainment simple and uncomplicated. I like to go see a movie with a really good storyline, nuanced characters, a little sex maybe, few, if any special effects, that makes me laugh a little, cry a little, and leaves me thinking. None of those movies ever start out as kiddie lit.

        • threewickets says:

          For blockbuster hollywood, the goal now is lowest common denominator for global marketing and distribution, and the answer seems to be children and teen stories/animation. The studios make much more money overseas these days, and their projects are increasingly financed upfront by money from asia or even the middle east. That means the stories and themes and dialogue and action must be easily translatable. There’s less room for social and cultural nuance or precision, which means less need for good acting or interesting direction. The more the movies look like video games, the better. It’s sad. There’s actually huge pent up demand for more grown-up, well-made, intelligent entertainment in the US. Money to be made. They’ll figure that out eventually, or not.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      My daughter is anxious, hoping they don’t turn the heroine into a wussy girly type, when really she is a bad ass, or BAMF as she calls her. She’s been sorely disappointed by previews.

  2. WMCB says:

    Smoking gun memo has surfaced in the Jon Corzine MF Global case. It was always evident that customer accounts were raided to prop up the balance sheet, but no direct evidence that Corzine was responsible, other than generally.

    There’s an email memo now – Corzine personally and directly ordered a raid on a customer’s account to meet an overdraft obligation.

    I hope he rots in jail. I’ll never forget that skeeze standing up and pompously and gleefully handing Hillary’s NJ delegates to Obama.

  3. threewickets says:


  4. WMCB says:

    What a smarmy platitude-spouting tool Obama is. Interesting that the Danes are poking fun at him now. European love affair going sour?

  5. SHV says:

    “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo yet, either, though I loved the books.”
    The “Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition” is quite good.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Here’s my next movie 😀

  7. gram cracker says:

    Recycling speeches is Oblabla’s MO. Remember how in 2008 he recycled Patrick Deval’s speeches? Besides recycling adds to his environmental creds. I’d post a video but don’t want to spoil your dinner.

  8. WMCB says:

    Pondering one of life’s many pointless paradoxes:

    You know the godawful bleach spray crap, like Tilex? That you use for mildew and mold? And the label always cautions to only use in a very well-ventilated area?

    Um…. if it was a well-ventilated area, you wouldn’t have mold in the first place, now would you?

    • Oswald says:

      I hate that stuff. It stings when I spray it on and leaves a red rash that lasts for a week. Keeping the area well ventilated helps but sometimes there are people around so you have to cover up.

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