My alma matter, the University of Sioux Falls, had a Hunger Games week last week and two tributes were chosen from each dorm. My sister was a stylist/slash mentor for District 4 so I went and supported her tributes for the parade and interview with Caesar Flickerman (or a guy in a blue wig.) Erin, Sherri, and I have been planning our Hunger Games day for a couple of weeks now and it was epic. Erin and I went frisbee golfing and tree climbing in the woods outside of District 12 and ate at The Pita (Peeta) Pit. Then before the movie, all three of us braided our hair, just like Katniss.
So yes, I was that nerd who brought a a notepad and pen into the movie so I wouldn’t forget stuff for this review.
Plot stuff: If you haven’t read the books, I would recommend doing that.
The Hunger Games is set in Panem, which is a future North America. Seventy-four years ago, the Districts rebelled against the Capitol and now to stop any uprising, they host the Hunger Games, in which 24 tributes, two (a girl and a boy) from each District, fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take the place of her younger sister, Primrose (for District 12.) The movie follows Katniss and Peeta, the male tribute, through the parade, interviews, and training before the games start. The Hunger Games.
This movie isn’t like any I’d seen before. The camera work seemed rough at times with people and objects that you wouldn’t expect to be in focus. All of the events seemed real and even though I’ve read the books, I was still sad and scared at parts. There’s an amazing soundtrack, thanks to the genius of T Bone Burnett (O’Brother Where Art Thou.) The use of silence was haunting. Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman is hilarious. (Best supporting actor, maybe?) One of my favorite parts of the movie: when the girls behind me gasped “Gale” and then the movie actually went from the games to a shot of Gale back in District 12. During the credits the number of hairstylists was quite large but then the people living in the Capitol do have crazy hair. It’s rated PG-13 with mild swearing, lots of alcohol, and violence (but in a fight to the death, what else can be expected) to read the books-middle school, to see the movie 14, A.