The new issue of Entertainment Weekly has reviewed The Hunger Games movie and gave it a very favorable grade of A-! Some of the highlights from their review are as follows:
Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy is a literary sensation. The good news now coming out of Panem, both for those who already know just how brutal the Games become and those who are new to the dystopian tale, is that the movie adaptation knows how to play too.
This Hunger Games is a muscular, honorable, unflinching translation of Collins’ vision. It’s brutal where it needs to be, particularly when children fight and bleed. It conveys both the miseries of the oppressed, represented by the poorly fed and clothed citizens of Panem’s 12 suffering districts, and the rotted values of the oppressors, evident in the gaudy decadence of those who live in the Capitol. Best of all, the movie effectively showcases the allure of the story’s remarkable, kick-ass 16-year-old heroine, Katniss Everdeen.
Gary Ross, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz are given the thumbs up on their jobs.
Director Gary Ross does a tight job of establishing the future-meets-1984 vibe in Panem: the slog of daily life, the hopelessness that dulls the citizens, the fear that returns each year at the Hunger Games lottery known as the Reaping. Aided by outré costumes from designer Judianna Makovsky, he also goes to town in the Capitol sequences. Elizabeth Banks as Effie the PR handler, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch the mentor, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna the stylist, Stanley Tucci as Caesar the unctuous TV interviewer — they’re all reasonable facsimiles of what’s on the page, and fabulous oddities for those who are just meeting them.
The one part of the review that didn’t seem all that favorable were when they discussed fan favorite Peeta/Josh Hutcherson.
Fans of the book and moviegoers coming to the story fresh may reach different conclusions about the effectiveness of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, the baker’s son from District 12 who is at once Katniss’ competitor and the boy who loves her. In the book, interesting edges rough up his niceness; he’s not quite so easy to peg. But to these eyes, on screen he’s been sanded down to a generic sensitive good guy, so much so that it’s difficult to understand why Katniss is prickly around him.
Overall we are pleased with the review, and agree with what they had to say. We are a little on the fence though about their thoughts of Josh as Peeta. What do you guys think? Were you happy with the performances by the cast and overall movie?
To read the full review visit Entertainment Weekly online, or pick up the latest edition of the magazine available on newsstands now!