Mis Movie Critic: The Hunger Games


Sarah Badorf England, Web Editor

In this issue, I will review a movie that’s different from the other movies I’ve talked about. Today I will talk about the film, “The Hunger Games.” I’m more of a funny movie, rom com, kids movie lover but if I had to watch a dystopian fiction movie, “The Hunger Games” would be my first choice.

The dystopian fiction genre of movies is underrated and not talked about often. There’s a huge option of movies that fall under this genre, making me wonder why it’s not talked about and liked by more viewers. My goal of reviewing this movie is to remind everyone of “The Hunger Games” since it was popular at one point, but to also give the genre the attention it deserves. Some good films have come out of this genre, such as, “Never Let Me Go,” “Snowpiercer,” “Blade Runner” and “Wall-E.” These are great films, but could use more attention as this genre brings out the imagination and creativity of its viewers.

This film was a turning point for a lot of the stars’ careers when it was released in 2012. At the time, these stars became associated with the movie whenever they were in any other film. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, has been in a few notable movies, such as, “X-Men: Days of the Future Past,” “Joy,” “Mother!,” “Red Sparrow” and “Don’t Look Up.” “The Hunger Games” was the moment her career took off.

When this movie first came out, it was a huge hit. If I had to try my best to wrap my head around why everyone liked it so much, the answer is pretty simple. First of all, this was a book before it was made into a movie which means most of the people who had read the book wanted to see the movie. Also, the characters in this film are relatable and easy to like or dislike. This film is dark in its core but viewers like to see the dark side of the government in this film and the result of the decisions being made, hence the hunger games. In 2012, there weren’t a lot of movies like this one which was another reason why everyone was so invested.

I like this film so much because of how much it scares me. It’s not a scary movie; however, it’s terrifying to think about what life would be like if our government decided to do something like the hunger games where people had to fight for their lives each year. Amix of love interests, relatable characters we feel sorry for, violence and a little bit of a thrill make for a movie I will always find myself going back to. Despite the interesting parts of the movie, the best part will always be Katniss and 11 others fighting for their lives. This part is undeniably the most interesting and nail-biting part of the entire film.

The popularity of this movie shows in its ratings. Movie critics gave this film an 84%, a rating they don’t give very often. An 84% for movie critics is high and an impressive score but one that is deserved. The audience rated this film an 81%, also high for an audience score. Overall, this film is clearly very well liked and people must think it’s well made.

I’d give “The Hunger Games” a 9/10, even though I wouldn’t change anything about the film. Hopefully, I’ve opened your eyes about how great dystopian fiction films can be and have inspired everyone to watch “The Hunger Games” or any other dystopian fiction movie.