- Avengers; Age of Ultron
I suppose I’ll start with the mildly obvious – I had no real desire to see this movie. Not even a little bit. ¬†But boredom on a summer night when there’s no new episodes of any TV show airing results in you watching some things that you wouldn’t normally watch.
That said, I loved this movie. ¬†Probably more than I should have. ¬†I should probably also admit that I (embarrassingly) am just about done reading the book too, because I liked the movie so much. ¬†I’ve always been interested in seeing what things get cut from books to make them into movies. ¬†I’ve often read the book first, so I’m approaching this a bit backwards. ¬†My real goal in reading the book(s) is that I want to know what happens next.
Pretty much everything about¬†The Hunger Games fascinated me. ¬†Seeing these entire worlds that digital artists get to create is amazing. ¬†Seeing how someone takes the vision of a writer and transposes it onto screen is a feat that I wish I had the ability to accomplish. ¬†And¬†The Hunger Games certainly is beautiful. ¬†The¬†scenery, the villages, the city, the arena. ¬†Everything about the movie is visually beautiful.
Like any good movie, in addition to looking good, you have to have substance. You need characters and a story that people want to invest in and fight for. And this movie has all that, and more.
I’m sure you know the premise of the story by now, so I won’t bore you with telling you what the movie’s about. But I will say that I immediately wanted to root for Katniss. ¬†From the very beginning where we’re learning about who she is, and where she lives, I wanted her to win whatever it was that was coming her way. ¬† That doesn’t happen too often these days with movies (maybe¬†Iron Man and¬†The Dark Knight Rises.)
While the film runs a bit long (almost 2 and a half hours), it doesn’t feel like it. There are very few dull spots where you want things to pick up and move faster. ¬†I was actually surprised once the film ended and I was reading about it online to see how long the actual runtime is. ¬†Granted, you can probably cut 10 minutes off the end, unless you’re the type that wants to watch every last second of the credits (which I’m not, unless I know there’s something hidden at the end.)
The combination of characters I actually liked, and a story that’s compelling and different from the normal dick and fart jokes that Hollywood is churning out these days made me really enjoy¬†The Hunger Games. ¬†I’m comfortable saying that, in writing, on the internet, as a man in my thirties. ¬†If I’m okay with liking it, you should be too.
While I loved it, it wasn’t a movie that I felt like I immediately needed to run out and buy a copy of, or even see again in the near future. Though I imagine when the time comes closer for the second film in the series to come out, I’ll want to re-watch this one. Just to refresh my memory on who’s who, and what’s what. ¬†(I’m also sure that if Amazon has a deal on the blu-ray sometime in the near future, I’ll score myself a copy.)
If you like action, good characters, a fun story, and fighting for the good guy, then¬†The Hunger Games is for you!
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