What’s wrong with “The Hunger Games” and its sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire?” Well, I just can’t get past the buffoonery. The costumes worn by the citizens in the Capital City are just too much to bare. It’s wrong and laugh-out loud funny. And, Donald Sutherland as the president of this Alice-in-Wonderland fashion statement is a running sight gag. How can you take a movie seriously when the people exercising control over so many other oppressed folks are so foppish and self-absorbed? That is what’s wrong with “The Hunger Games.” I laughed for all the wrong reasons and it made it hard for me to get emotionally involved with the more serious characters, like the heroic Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence.)
The film’s action sequences when the games begin are actually good, at times. But, instead of fighting each other the tributes (kill or be killed participants) have more to fear from the booby-trapped arena. It’s more avoidance than combat. Nevertheless, most of the scenes in this section of the film seem to work. It’s just all the nonsense in the first 30 minutes of this 146 minute film that make the overall product inedible.
We need female heroes in the worst way. And, Katniss can lead the way, but please get rid of the nonsensical trappings. It’s inconceivable that the silly fops in the Capital City could exercise so much control over the other districts. And, for 75 years? Get real. Grade: C-
Street Date: March 7, 2014
Formats: Blu-ray combo pack and DVD
Runtime: 146 minutes
Released by Lionsgate