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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2012-04-09 04:54:23
From a business standpoint, I totally understand the PG-13 rating on the Hunger Games film. Gotta stuff as many adolescents into the theater as possible. And today's comic is actually a bit disingenuous, as I'm not really asserting that more gratuitous violence would have necessarily made it more enjoyable. For the most part, the director ducked graphic depictions of slaughter with lots of Bourne-style "shaky cam".
And here goes my mandatory, insightful, and irrefutable opinion of the film: it was watchable. It was definitely superior to the book. The movie expunged most of the god-awful exposition that littered the novels, as well as the barrage of fragment and run-on sentences. Frankly, I'm offended that Suzanne Collins is a commercially successful author. Take away the kid-on-kid violence (which already verges near plagiarism*), and all you're left with is a sappy and trite love triangle shoved into an uninspired dystopian revolution setting. The banal teen angst isn't tragic (or authentic, for that matter) enough to interest me, and the sociopolitical aspirations aren't insightful enough to approach satire. Wow, I clearly dislike the books. Anyhow the film was passably better.
If you think you like Hunger Games, check out its superior predecessors. You can't go wrong with Lord of the Flies for reading material, and Battle Royale rocks the shit out of it as a film.
*You know what they call Hunger Games in France? Battle Royale with Cheese...