'The Hunger Games' wins big at the box office
Film earns record numbers opening weekend, leaves fans hungry for next installment
While Jennifer Lawrence (right) shows why she was once an Oscar nominee as Katniss Everdeen, Stanley Tucci steals the show as TV personality Caesar Flickerman. As Flickerman, Tucci can be shown narrating the action of the games, interacting with tributes and flashing a winning smile. Photo from imdb.com
While "The Hunger Games" revolves around underdog Katniss Everdeen's fight to overcome insurmountable odds, the movie emerged victor of the box office on its opening weekend. The film raked in a total of $153 million, making it the highest grossing total to date for a non-sequel. It was a fiscal triumph for a film that went to great lengths to stay true to its beloved source material.
While "The Hunger Games" movie does not quite live up to the high standard set by Suzanne Collins' novel, it comes close. One of the most astounding aspects of the film was the futuristic dystopia Collins described on paper brought to life on the big screen with spectacular vision and accuracy. The sets and costumes of "The Hunger Games" are precisely on point with the book and demonstrate the staunch difference between the grandiose Capitol and the impoverished districts with stunning visual clarity.
When dealing with a series as widely read as "The Hunger Games," casting is perhaps one of the most challenging aspects. Readers often have precise visions of their favorite characters and not meeting the fans' expectations could make the movie a flop. Fortunately, Jennifer Lawrence dominates in the lead role of Katniss, capturing the essence of the no-nonsense heroine with the power and conviction that the role demands. Josh Hutcherson, as Peeta, is every bit as charismatic as his literary counterpart, and the adult cast, consisting of renowned actors such as Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and Elizabeth Banks as well as more unconventional choices like Lenny Kravitz, embodied their roles perfectly, leaving little room for critique on that front.
The premise of the film - a fight to the death between adolescents- necessitates that the movie is going to be filled with action and violence. In light of this, director Gary Ross, known for more sentimental films such as "Seabiscuit" and "Pleasantville," was an unusual choice for this cut-throat movie. But Ross made the film as wildly exciting and action-packed as the book.
There is room for "The Hunger Games" sequels to improve in character development and romantic content, while retaining the violent and oppressive tone that the first film mastered.
The series' second installment, "Catching Fire" is already slated to hit theaters in 2013.
Emily Lake can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More thesetonian News Articles
Recent thesetonian News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR THESETONIAN
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST THESETONIAN NEWS
- Seton Hall softball splits doubleheader with Providence
- Baseball wins 8th straight
- McCarthy wins again as baseball ousts Xavier
- Tennis wins all nine matches vs. Monmouth
- Weigel, Prendergast lead SHU baseball to victory
- Ka-Deidre Simmons named Honorable Mention All-American
- Seton Hall tennis fights back, gets vital win over Providence
RECENT THESETONIAN CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Wellness Travel Is on the Rise
- 3 Steps to Build a Better Nest Egg
- Para los latinos, el Día de las Madres es una...
- Top 4 Signs You Need to Call a Pest Professional
- Another Reason to Choose Chiropractic Care First for Pain...
- Create a Precious Moment for Mom This Mother's Day
- 4 Basic Exercises to Help Older Adults Improve Strength...
- New Drug May Help Control the Spread of Cancer
- Uber to Passengers: Our Drivers May Be Unsafe
- Thermal Imaging Camera Helps Find Hidden Damage in Your Home
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- TD Ameritrade Seeks Applicants for NextGen Financial Planning Scholarships, Grants
- Make it Count: Get the Most out of the End of the Semester!
- FARE's College Food Allergy Program Pilots in a Dozen Schools Nationwide
- HOTSHOT® HOT Canned Coffee gets a Jolt from Kickstarter
- From dating to internships - it's everything you need to know about college: The Her Campus Guide to College Life, Out Now