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The Hunger Games (2012)
People think this is the next Twilight; Sorry folks, but this is the next Academy Award nominee for 2013
I just saw the Hunger Games, and I have to say, I'm utterly impressed. I'm an avid book fan, having read everything from Jane Austen to Twilight, and since the Hunger Games series is one of my personal favourites, I was eagerly waiting for this day for three whole years. And it didn't fail me. The acting was brilliant; Katniss was bold and Jennifer Lawrence's acting chops were truly displayed in the more emotional scenes. You could sense her fear and nervousness when she was about to enter the arena, when a character died or in all the big moments of her character. She's the highlight of this film and a delight to watch; such an honest, human performance that surpasses expectations. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta was adorable, kind, honest and sweet. He exudes a natural air of confidence, but his character's vulnerability was portrayed perfectly. Willow Shields was lovely as Prim, as was Amandla Stenberg as Rue. Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Leven Rambin were fearsome and brilliant in their roles as Cato, Clove and Glimmer respectively. Moreover, I loved Woody Harrelson as Haymitch from the first moment he spoke. He was funny, and brought a beautiful balance to Elizabeth Banks's Effie. I loved the direction and the special effects. Some scenes, especially the ones involving fire, were impossibly realistic and powerful. I loved every little bit of it.
My honest opinion? A perfectly casted film, with a magnificent director and great special effects. I've loved this series for so many years that now, it feels brilliant to finally be able to watch what I've envisioned in my head so many times. I truly wish this would be nominated for an Academy Award; if any film deserves it, it's this one. There's nothing bad about it.