What I Didn’t Like About The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is an interesting and engaging movie, but it isn’t Toy Story 3.
However, I can certainly recommend the flick—it’s good. I can also recommend that you get your tickets early (but I’d never pay that Fandango surcharge).
Still, since much of life is done by exception, here’s what I didn’t like about it:
- The portrayal of Washington DC as having mountains around it and in other ways not quite being Washington DC. What’s up with that?
- The introduction of virtual war dogs which somehow became real.
- Donald Sutherland. Yes, he’s annoying, despicable, and greasy, but the full strength of those traits don’t quite make it all the way into his on-screen persona.
How would I describe the movie? The intersection of The Running Man (game show theme), The Fifth Element (freaky future people), The Grapes of Wrath (dystopia among the have-nots), Nineteen Eighty Four (hey, big brother), The Truman Show (created reality), and Lord of the Flies (juvenile brutality).
I have no knowledge of the other books in the trilogy, but here’s my prediction:
The second movie has the protagonist serving as a mentor for her younger sister who has been tagged as “tribute” in a future Hunger Games (because of how the heroine upstaged the state).
The third movie has the protagonist in leading a revolution against the state.