The Hunger Games
Finally got a chance to see the Hunger Games. Wow. What a pointless movie. It’s like the crappy writer of new Dr. Who got together with the people who made the Twilight movies and admitted they ran out of ideas so they decided to make an extremely poor rip-off only very loosely based on Battle Royale and tossed some vague 1984 stuff in there. Without the fun bits of Battle Royale.
It’s set in a sci-fi setting for some weird random reason that doesn’t add anything to the story. There’s a ‘love’ story that really stretches the definition. And a lot of time is wasted on showing how epically awesome the main heroine of the story, Katniss, can handle a bow and arrow only to have her botch up every single shot when the games actually start. Add implausible rescues in the knick of time at every random interval, some very well known actors who look like they too are struggling to get the point of the movie so they can get into their roles and the whole thing just ends up looking and feeling like something that should have gone straight to the bargain video/dvd/blu-ray/new-medium-of-choice bin. Why this was such a huge success is beyond me. Maybe the books are better, but I doubt it.