The Hunger Games arrived in cinemas with hopes of ushering in a new era for movie-goers for whom Harry Potter is no longer an option. With Twilight also approaching its finale, Hunger Games aims to fill a void left by Harry Potter and other similar franchise movies which have appealed to both teens and adults alike. However, the said void is a massive one to fill, for many movies in the past have attempted to replicate the success of Harry Potter and the Lord of Rings only to succumb to the pitfalls accompanying the transition from a best seller book to a motion picture. Directed by Gary Ross, The Hunger Games does go a long way in justifying its hype but does it succeed completely is open to different opinions and views. The story of Katniss Everdeen much like the Boy Wizard tries to encapsulate the principle that friendship and love can overcome even the darkest of evils but it would be hard-done on the movie if comparisons are made to Harry Potter and Twilight, for the reason that the plot of Hunger Games is far removed from either Harry Potter or Twilight but one can argue that the undercurrent premise of the movie is not detached from the other two. The first installment of The Hunger Games maybe criticized for its lengthy runtime and slow pace but such can be attributed to setting a platform for sequels to follow. However the producers will be served well to keep an open ear to certain murmurs of criticisms that the movie may encounter from various quarters because the strength of a lengthy movie lies in its ability to grasp the viewer without letting him or her slide into the pits of boredom.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen reignites this juvenile decade which bid adieu to the charismatic Potter last year with a performance worthy of worldwide applause. She emphasizes the fact that action is not a forte only for men but the courage of a woman in times of desperation is second to none. Katniss, in my opinion, is more likely to draw more male audiences to the cinema rather than the more popular Bella from Twilight, and this is where Gary Ross scores with The Hunger Games. Katniss’s emotions and her resolve make for some scintillating scenes in the movie, and her bravery is best exemplified when challenging the status quo. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark plays the role of supporting actor to perfection following on the footsteps of his recent smash-hit “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”. His pain and his inability to express his feelings to the girl he longs for is sublimely timed and performed minus any flaws. Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley and Liam Hemsworth lend able support to the two lead actors, though Elizabeth Banks’ performance leaves a lot to be desired.
The Hunger Games ever so brilliantly written by Suzanne Collins is brought to life on the screen by a very able direction of Gary Ross and more so by Jennifer Lawrence who leaves nothing to spare in her first performance of global magnitude. The Hunger Games stands apart from the erstwhile illustrious franchises in the sense that perhaps its lays more focus on sacrifice and for the fact that love and friendship can triumph even over the most trying circumstances. Though slow in its approach and a bit tedious for a moment or two, The Hunger Games is not to be ignored for the simple reason that it promises a lot more in future and that promise of representing a generation of movie-goers is not to be judged on the first installment alone. The Hunger Games indeed welcomes everybody to a new era and who know the odds might very well be in favour of Katniss Everdeen.