The world will be watching.
Indeed. The world will be watching this film adaptation of the first part of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the Hunger Games.
First of all, this movie is indeed worth watching, especially when my experience of the movie was further enhanced by some technical issues. Golden Screen Cinemas at IOI Mall had a temporary black-out during the film, so my friends and I ended up watching it twice.
I believe that many of us already have a rough idea or synopsis of the story, therefore I will not talk much about that.
For me, no matter how good the reviews for this movie, I have to say that the story in the film is rather draggy. There were many scenes in the movie that I wish it would be quicker, and many times I found the roof and the floor more interesting. Perhaps the director is trying to stay true to the book, and also trying to insert as much details as possible into 2 hours and 23 minutes. For an avid fan, it would be great, but for me, it was pretty boring sometimes. Basically, for the first hour all is flat, not much of action, more of talking and introducing characters. Then the second hour things do start to get interesting, however I have to say that many of the action scenes are messy and you can't see much details. Besides that, perhaps this is how the story is supposed to be, I find that many of the characters do not have ample time to develop, as most of the time the focus is on Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) , the main character. Even Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) did not have much scenes to display his acting abilities. But I have to salute Jennifer Lawrence for some good acting moments, you do feel some of her emotions in the film.
Emotional moments were few in the movie, as most of the time I was occupied by the thoughts of the disturbing society the movie was set in - the higher part of the society having the lower part of the society as entertainment puppets. Inequality reeks in this movie, and humanity is really interrogated. Many a times I question if any humanity were left in the society, and many times I was reminded of the Occupy Movement that happened a few months ago in the US. Inequality and inhumanity is the main theme I feel for the movie. And surprisingly, I was quite on target, as author Suzanne Collins gained the inspiration for the Hunger Games after watching a reality show and news about the war in Iraq.
All in all, this movie despite of its slow pace, deserve good ratings for its fresh plot, not to mention how it stirs thoughts among the audience concerning humanity and equality, what do we fight for, and how should we live our lives with each other.
I am not an avid fan of the series, but I do suggest many to catch the movie. It is worth the wait. However, I do strongly warn you, there aren't many scenes for Josh Hutcherson ( Sorry Girls, but Jennifer Lawrence needs the spotlight) and prepare to be bored for a number of times in the movie before interesting scenes kick in, and perhaps, it will be even better if you use those boring moments to question yourself : What is humanity? Does it still exist? Have we lose them?
Until then. Happy Hunger Games. May the Odds Be In Your Favour.