There was a massive buzz earlier in the year regarding this film, and though I was tempted to catch it in the cinema, I ended up catching it at home later. Maybe I was a bit concerned it would turn out like another adaptation of a popular book with a female lead. I needn’t have worried, for not only is the story far stronger than any of the Twilight films, but it is also far better acted.
The story is set in the future, where each year girls and boys from the 12 districts become tributes, that must go to the capitol and compete in a televised event known as The Hunger Games. This event, which has a strong message about desensitisation, ends in only one surviving tribute, as the rest are killed by each other (in some fairly horrific ways).
Jennifer Lawrence follows up a great turn as Mystique in X-Men: First Class with a thoughtful, strong performance as Katniss Everdeen. The whole cast is strong in fact. I must however bring special attention to Stanley Tucci, who is once again awesome. He is quickly becoming one of my favourite actors.
Comparisons to Battle Royale are superficial and not really worth listening to. With a good cast, and a story that is only just beginning, Lawrence is quickly building up a nice group of franchises for herself.