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WHO’d you Rather??

As I’m sure you all know by now, the recent premiere of the Hunger Games has stirred up quite a bit of publicity. (I mean being the #3 biggest premiere in history, bringing in about $163 MILLION on opening weekend, how could it not?)

So instead of talking of some synopsis or best/worse scenes, or whatever, I’m thinking it’s time for a WHO’d you rather? :)

Two of the main characters are quite attractive men, but in their own way.

CANDIDATE Numero uno!

JOSH HUTCHERSON

Sexy and Sophisticated

but still has a rugged side. 

CANDIDATE NUMBER TWO:

LIAM HEMSWORTH

Those eyes..

oh hayyy..Gorgio Armani briefs ;)

Decision time! Who wins?!

Liam Hemsworth (#2)       OR       Josh Hutcherson (#1)

The Hunger Games: Movie Review

I don’t even know where to begin. I’m overflowing with excitement as I type this! The Hunger Games movie lands in theatres today, Friday, March 23 and I was fortunate enough to see the film already! Having obsessed over the trilogy book series by Suzanne Collins, I was beyond excited to see the characters and settings come to life. I was fretting that key elements of the plotline that I personally thought were important) would be left out altogether, simply to make the film a bit more concise. Thankfully, I’m happy to report, this film adaptation is one of THE BEST I have ever seen! With a few additional key speeches from President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland (inserted by director and screenplay writer Gary Ross), the film was 100% true to the original novel.

Every. Single. Scene. Was. Perfect.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen couldn’t have been more perfectly cast. Her transformation from a poor and underprivileged teenager from District 12 in Panem, to ‘the girl on fire’ as a tribute in The Capital and 74th annual Hunger Games was utterly stunning. The two biggest surprises, in a good way, were Lenny Kravitz as Katniss’ stylist, Cinna, and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mallark, Katniss’ companion from District 12 throughout The Hunger Games. I was SO skeptical when I first heard that both of these men had landed their respective roles, as I had such a different idea in my mind after reading the books. Again, I am happy to report that these two men blew these roles out of the water and I quickly started questioning whether my own imagination had been wrong.

Similarly, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Donald Sutherland as President Snow, and Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane were absolutely BRILLIANT! There wasn’t a single character I wish had been alternately cast. This ensemble truly embodied their respective characters, and I left the theatre absolutely in love with this film and their abilities.
There were a few standout moments throughout the film, and of course I’m going to share them with you. First, Stanley Tucci as Caeser Flickerman. Honestly, if you have read the book and then see the movie, there is no possible way you could disagree that he is outstanding in this role! At first I was startled by his blue hair; however, I was quickly overcome with glee as I saw endless Capital residents shown in their wild colors and drag-queen-esque attire. The Capital in itself was a city to marvel, with Greecian-inspired architecture that had me audibly gasping the first time it was shown. The futuristic design was simply stunning, complimented perfectly by the pops of color in clothing, makeup and hair of the people that call it home. In drastic comparison, the stark and bleak landscape of District 12 and its residents was equally mezmerizing. Katniss and Peeta’s origins, in bland, neutral clothing, pushed through a transition to become the girl and boy on fire, could quite possibly be my favorite part of the movie. This was one area of the film that I thought the CGI was done flawlessly. It was a sigh-fest for at least three minutes!

My final note on the film and the most important part of the novel in my opinion was the relationship between Katniss and fellow Hunger Games contestant from District 11, Rue, played by Amanda Stenberg. In the book, this relationship really struck a chord with me as it was the perfect juxtaposition of Katniss’ life back in District 12 caring for her younger sister. I was desperately hoping the film makers would keep this portion of the story in the film AND do it justice. Thankfully, Ross also saw the importance of this storyline and character portrayal. If you haven’t read the book then I don’t want to spoil this relationship for you; however, the final scene with these two girls is spot-on, picture-perfect. I was clutching my imaginary pearls like no one was watching.

OMG, I could just go on and on and on. Every time I write about one scene, three more pop into my head that I want to gush on about. I won’t ruin it for you though! Trust me, you HAVE to see this movie. The Hunger Games film is BRILLIANT! Definitely the best movie of the year thus far!