by Jacob Mayforth
The Hunger Games is far and away the best movie I have seen in years. It pulls off atmosphere the way Beethoven pulls off a symphony, masterfully. Every wave of the baton, every pulse pounding second that passed in the theater was a second I spent in pure anxiety. I had no idea what was going to come next, since I went into this movie without any prior experience to the Hunger Games.
I have never read the books, I have never researched it on Wikipedia, and nobody has cared to explain to me the plot, yet this movie makes the intense story behind the Hunger Games accessible to anybody.
The entire time I was engrossed in the A+ performance from all the characters. To me it didn’t seem like a movie, it seemed like real life. The main character of Katniss Everdeen was compelling, believable, and tragic. She pulled the movie along with all the speed, power and intensity of a freight train powered by a thousand angry gorillas.
Although the movie did not walk on its cinematography, the stunning visuals were present and believable, but the moment when the movie shines is when the characters leave the giant cities, grand halls, and crowds of people and move into the dense forest to begin the games. There the atmosphere becomes claustrophobic and the terrifying feeling of being hunted comes over the audience.
The feeling and emotion of the movie is thick and ripe as young adults attempt to find friendship, love, and escape as they try to survive the Hunger Games. To not see this movie would be blasphemy. Find the time. Pay the money. Go see it.