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Favorite Movies: The Dark Knight, Gone with the Wind, Return of the King, Shaun of the Dead, 13th Warrior, Labyrinth, Avengers, Love Actually, Watchmen, The Goonies, Edward Scissorhands, Princess Bride, and Monty Python & the Holy Grail.
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Near as perfect a book to movie transition as is possible...
In my opinion, The Hunger Games more than deserves its rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While the movie stumbled a few times trying to deliver the heavy messages and themes from the books, the transition was smooth to a large extent and the scenes necessary for setting up the next three films were, for the most part well-crafted. However, I feel that the success of this movie was due in large part to the fantastic source material and not so much to the film-making itself.
Where the film really shines is in the performances of its actors and their delivery of the simple, straight-forward script. While I felt one or two characters could have used more screen time and development, there wasn't a single bad performance anywhere within the movie, and quite a few wonderful, memorable ones. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in particular stands out.
All-in-all the only complaints I have with the film all have to do with the direction. The gratuitous usage of shaky camera techniques especially, were difficult even for me, a devoted fan of the series, to sit through without being sick. I also felt that Gary Ross may have dropped the ball with the last third of the movie, delivering a climax that was good, but uninspired and very by-the-numbers.