Imagine a futuristic dystopia of “what was once North America,” where people are starved, suppressed and separated into 12 districts. Each year, the privileged few of the malevolent Capitol forces each district to select a boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death for honour, pride and a year’s supply of food. There is romance, drama and passion - and so begins the story that has captivated many.
On March 23, 2012, fans worldwide will rejoice at the popular book’s premiere on the big screen. Comparable to the Harry Potter and Twilight series, The Hunger Games movie has captured the attention of as many, if not more, young fans. It seems moviemakers have found that adapting popular novels into a movie is an easy way to cash in at the box office; and because The Hunger Games series is a trilogy, the cast and crew can be confident they'll have a steady fan base for the next two sequels.
The success of the movie, however, isn’t limited to the fact it's adapted from a book that has captured the imagination and attention of youth. The movie encompasses everything from action to romance to conflict, which appeal to both genders and all ages. Also, the cast is made up of veteran actors like Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks, and younger actors who are in the prime of their careers.
Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the role of Katniss Everdeen, is front and centre and in addition to her acting chops, has become a fashion inspiration for many girls. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, who play Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne respectively, are two heartthrobs starting to make their marks in Hollywood.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the movie, though, is the realness of it all. The lack of fantasy or make-believe may, in fact, be the most compelling part. No average teenager has to deal with a boyfriend that sparkles in the sun or the threatening loom of the Dark Lord. Nonetheless, The Hunger Games combines the best of both worlds: action sequences (without the wizardry) and the love triangle minus vampires and werewolves. Plus, the futuristic part is alluring simply because the future is so undefined and malleable. After all, some people believe that this year will mark the end of the world, but only time will tell.
It’s no wonder why fans have fallen in love with Katniss’ story; but despite all these positives, the question remains: Will the movie live up to the books, all of its hype and the hopes of fans? On March 23rd the world will find out.