Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Hunger Games Review

My review for The Hunger Games, the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling teen novel, can be found here at Grounded Online. Here's a taste of what I had to say about it:

"With Bella Swann finally bowing out of the limelight later this year, the time is ripe for eagle eyed studio execs to set another teen-lit series to the silver screen and fill the (rather profitable) gap. Step in The Hunger Games, an adaptation of the first in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of the same name. Whilst the story may trade in vampires for a dystopian future of kill-or-be-killed reality TV shows, the love triangles, melodrama, and alternative soundtrack are all present and accounted for. And whilst later Twilight sequels might have been more than a little naff, The Hunger Games does a good job of topping the admittedly decent original, even whilst carrying similar flaws."

There's a rather good survival film underneath all the melodramatic toss that finds itself hampered by some poor cinematography and a surprisingly prudish aversion to sex and violence. It's in no way the masterpiece some are hailing it as, but it's a bang-up teen fantasy that wipes the floor with Twilight. Whether it has the same command of audiences however, remains to be seen.

Oh and...Happy 50th Post Spectrum!