Hunger Games

Rating 1: ★★★1/2 A-
Rating 2: ★★★★ A+

Directed by Gary Ross
Screenplay by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray
Based off the Novel The Hunger Games (Book 1 in the series) by Suzanne Collins
Jennifer Lawrence: Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson: Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth: Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson: Haymitch Abernathy
Elizabeth Banks: Effie Trinket
Stanley Tucci: Caesar Flickerman
Wes Bently: Seneca Crane
Lenny Cravitz: Cinna
Donald Sutherland: President Snow
Willow Shields: Primrose Everdeen 
Amanda Stenberg: Rue

Why did I give this film 2 different ratings? I did so because I am a slightly biased source, as I read and devour Suzanne Collin’s Novel. The fact is though the Gary Ross nailed it. He made a film of the book. He didn’t change anything important.
The Hunger Games tells the story of Katniss Everdeen. I have to stop right here. Jennifer Lawrence deserves an oscar nomination…and she already got one for the utterly amazing Winter’s Bone. She went far above and beyond the call of duty for this part.
See, the book was written in the 1st person all the way through, essentially stream-of-conscious. Normally, this means a lot of voice over. Not when you have Lawrence. She can LOOK the words. I don’t need her to tell me what’s going through her head because she’s talented enough to make me feel it.
She was hand chosen by Ross and Collins, the latter of whom said that of all the people who auditioned for the part (i.e. Abigayl Breslin (little Miss Sunshine), Saeorse Ronan (Hanna), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), among others) that, “She was the only one that I would follow into battle.” And tthat’s coming from creator.
Liam Hemsworth – while his performance was very much satisfactory – I am not thrilled about his appearance as – to me – he looks a bit too much like Twilight.

(so far)

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When I began this site, I was a student at "The Latin School of Chicago, and it consumed the majority of my waking hours, the remaining time was split between, making movies, hanging with friends, and spending time with family. Toss in eating and a few hours of sleep; and there was not all that much time left over. I provided that explanation to lower expectation of daily posts, and to point out that simply because I did not review a given film does not mean I did not find it worthy; more likely, homework took precedence. I am now attending Northwestern University where I'm enrolled in RTVF (Radio, Television, Video and Film) department. While I was very happy at Latin, and still go back to see each theater performance; I'm glad to be done with AP Calculus, and love that I get to take a larger percentage of classes focusing on literature, philosophy ,writing and film. I'm still just getting my feet wet here, but I have met some people that share my love of film and theater and we are already planing on some collaborations. Who knows, maybe I could even get a few of them to post a review here on CinemaShadow.com . I made this site not to "Talk to people" about films; but to 'Talk with People" about films. To that end; I would love to have others post comments, list their favorite movies, recommend films, new and old, that you think are worth watching.

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