Throwback Thursday: The Hunger Games (2012) #HungerGames #TBT #ThrowbackThurday #JenniferLawrence

“May the odds be ever in your favor”

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Ah, the movie based on the books that launched a billion YA dystopian novels into the mainstream!

I loved these books and I was pretty happy with the movie adaptations as well. Of course they weren’t perfect but generally, I think they were well done. That said, I do have my favourites in the franchise. “The Hunger Games” (Obviously) and “Catching Fire”. I loved these ones because they were all about the games.

Just in case you were living on a far-away planet during this phenomenon, here’s the gist.

The Hunger Games (Released in 2012)

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director:  Gary Ross

Stars:  Jennifer LawrenceJosh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth

Rating/ Runtime: PG-13 2 hrs 22

I was really bored last night but didn’t have the attention span to read though my TBR was beckoning me (more like smacking me in the face), so I decided to flip through the ol’ Netflix. The Hunger Games were trending and it has been a few years since I’ve seen it, so I hunkered down to watch.

Naturally it was awesome, so good that I had to watch Catching Fire immediately after. Trust me, I’m paying for it today lol, and I will probably finish watching the rest of them tonight.

What struck me about watching the film this time around, was how timeless it is. It has been 6 years since its release and it still holds up. The SFX are still pretty cool and I’m still impressed with the set design. That’s the beauty of dystopian universes. It doesn’t matter what year it is because these parallel futures will always be a possiblilty.

Anyway, If you haven’t seen it (I’m not even sure how that’s possible), the entire franchise is now on Netflix now so you can plan a good binge session and watch all of them if you feel like it.

Have a good one!

4 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: The Hunger Games (2012) #HungerGames #TBT #ThrowbackThurday #JenniferLawrence

  1. I love the honesty in all your reviews. First two books were great. Fast-paced. Good character development.

    Personally, I took issue with the third book. I’m all for dealing with complex issues in YA, and having trauma change characters, but I felt like it was taken a bit too far. Along with many messages and themes, I felt a bit too betrayed by Collins with the way she let Katniss go. The message almost seemed to be, “You can’t recover from all trauma, and it might leave you as a suicidal junkie.:

    Obviously, lots of people will disagree with me, but for YA, I think that’s too dark and depressing of a note to end on. Also, she was sort of forced into chasing Peeta, which I didn’t like either, since I think YA’s need to make more assertive decisions, and not “let fate decide”.

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  2. It’s crazy to think how much time has already passed since the books/movies came out. I was working at a nursing home when the books were really popular and one of the little old ladies I helped care for was reading them so we would talk about it every morning. It was interesting, too, to see the wide audience it had. Glad to hear the films still hold up well, I haven’t watched them in a good while. 🙂

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