Directed By: Gary Ross
Written By: Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland
If you’re a great actor and can fake love, you’ll be showered with gifts and venerated as a hero (like real life).
With an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Hunger Games is bound to be great, right? The masses have spoken. The critics have given it accolades. Two giant thumbs have been hoisted in the air. So, what did I miss? I know I just became a critic yesterday and a self-anointed one at that, but this movie was two giant turds some jerk left in the toilet bowl.
The erratic editing and hand held camerawork nearly gave me a seizure. There’s a time and place for that (action sequences). I’m also unclear why Gary Ross made Suzanne Collins dystopia looks like a mix of Zoolander’s Mugatu, a Katy Perry video and Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man. Surely they could have come up with a unique vision. It felt like all of their mental energy was wasted on designing Seneca Crane’s beard. To top off this steaming pile, the dialogue and acting for all of the teen melodrama was laughable (I chuckled). Is Twilight like this?
Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland were fantastic as they usually are. Jennifer Lawrence is cashing in on her success from Winter’s Bone. I don’t blame her at all and I know that after this cash cow trilogy, she’ll come back with a good performance. As far as the rest of the cast, I don’t understand why their criteria were only based only attractiveness rather than talent. Hollywood must be brimming with at least some attractive talent. And why Lenny? Is he relevant to the youngsters out there?
I’m not saying don’t see it, I don’t want to impose my will until I get more street cred. I just want to know what makes it so successful, other than the marketing, the attractive actors and Lenny Kravitz, of course.
Problems: My problems got problems
Mood for watching: Vacuous abandon
What to eat and drink: Salami sandwich and laudanum
If I made it: I’d enjoy the cash money
Why watch: An attempt at understanding zeitgeist