Last night the long-anticipated premiere of The Hunger Games raked in over $20 million dollars at the midnight showings. Pre-teens everywhere were swarming theaters in homemade “team Gale,” and “team Peeta,” t-shirts. If you haven’t been hearing about The Hunger Games for the past month, the concept is refreshingly unique. Based on the best-selling trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the books are set in a post-apocalyptic future where a country comprised of 12 districts are ruled by an oppressive, power-hungry Capitol. In order to keep the districts from rebelling as they did in the past, two “tributes” from each district are chosen to participate in the annual “Hunger Games,” a televised battle where the chosen are forced to fight till the death. The books are geared towards young adults, but still a great read and unlike the Twilight series, wonderfully well-written. Don’t let the PG-13 rating throw you off because there’s plenty of action in this movie – in every sense of the word.
For one thing, mega-hotties Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale) star in the film. If watching these studs get all sweaty and dirty in the woods isn’t enticing enough for any female, I really don’t know what is. Katniss Everdeen, the leading lady of the film, is played by newbie Jennifer Lawrence who was also recently in X-Men: First Class. The character of 16 year old Katniss brings a sassy, down to earth attitude that you can’t help but fall in love with. There are also other surprise all-stars in the cast such as Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz.
Even if you haven’t read the books, the movie is one of March’s must-sees. Chock full of the things we love best – lies, deception, a love story and fantastic special effects. So between celebrating Cuse’s advance to the elite eight and recovering from all the lawn-partying you did during this past gorgeous week – go see The Hunger Games! The absolute best part about the movie? There are two more to look forward to.
– Kathleen Baldassarre