Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth in The Hunger Games
Our stressy editor reviews The Hunger GamesHello Hunger Games fanatics and other film fans (clearly there are only two types of people in this world). I'm Nicolle, editor of 4music.com, and I guess you could say I have a Type A personality. Sometimes it makes me stressy. Especially when I'm in stressful situations, like the time I went to the screening of The Hunger Games. Today I will review The Hunger Games from the perspective of an A Type. Get on it!
Fans of the popular books will already know the concept: in a near-future dystopia, the US has morphed into a country called Panem in which select children of the oppressed poor classes banished to different districts must fight to the death, Battle Royale style. (Mini film lesson: Battle Royale is one of Japan's most famous films ever, and is noted as one of the ten highest grossing films in Japan to date. It's super good.)
The Hunger Games, as the battle is called, is an annual event in which the selected "Tributes" are shipped out to The Capitol, where the rich (who gorge themselves on delicious food and colourful fashion) live. The event is televised nationally and is required viewing for the downtrodden habitants of the districts.
Stressful things about The Hunger Games
1. I got really hungry
Now, it's not fair to judge a movie based on how hungry I was when I watched it (duh), but I have to say, I was quite hungry during the entirety of the film, which made it more stressful to watch. Although quite riveting, the film was a long one, clocking in at two and a half hours. Also, because the movie dealt with the topic of hunger, my own lack of dinner made it that much more real.
2. The characters are all painfully good-looking
This definitely stressed me out. The whole time, I was thinking, well, of COURSE heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is probably going to win The Hunger Games, as she's genetically superior to every other human in whole film (and probably most of the world) except for her incredibly hot bff Gale Hawthorne. I guess it's not her fault, I shouldn't hate her because she's beautiful. But why is everyone from every district so good-looking? Bastards. The whole time, I was like, 'don't run that way! Don't light a fire! Look behind you! I need to go on a diet!'
3. Social inequality
Obviously the underlying point of the film is to highlight some very important social issues, such as: our obsession with reality television even if it's cruel and exploits the working class, poverty, government control, and violence, among others.
4. Humans are innately selfish
The whole film was a reminder that humans are innately selfish. Of course, this is a theme dealt with in many works of literature and film, including Lord of the Flies. This is proven time and time again throughout the film, although some special humans - like Katniss - are stronger than others and can overcome their selfishness. Despite this, Katniss does act to protect herself and those she loves, which could be interpreted as selfishness. This made me think of my ex-boyfriend, which was totally stressful. (FYI: In this scenario, I would be Katniss and he would be Cato.)
Despite all of this, the film is redemptive - at the end of the day, some humans are good and innocent (especially the extremely beautiful ones), like Katniss, and their strength has potential to affect others. I was surprised at the overall quality of the film. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire movie, which was quick-paced, well-written, well-directed, amazingly cast (shoutouts to Donald Sutherland and Stanley Tucci!) and nicely shot. The acting was ace and the story itself was compelling enough to keep me interested through the entire film, despite its length.
If I was looking for a lower-stress choice, I'd probably go for something a little more calm. Perhaps a dialogue-driven piece involving rainbows. I might opt for The Muppets, which was a great film and only registered at a Stress Level of 2.
Stress level rating: 5 / 5
Rating: 4 / 5