This Rotten Week: Predicting The Hunger Games Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2012-03-18 07:27:30discussion comments
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Deep in the meadow, under the willow

A bed of grass, a soft green pillow

Lay down your head, and close your eyes

And when they open again, The Hunger Games will be here you guys*

*The original version of Rueís Lullaby

Thatís right, Katniss, Peeta, Gale Haymitch and President motherf@#$ing Snow are all here to get a little hungry.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

The Hunger Games
There are certain books written to become movies. And while it isnít always intentional on the part of the author (or even an obvious pandering to the heartstrings of youthful audience and saps--Iím looking at you Nicholas Sparks) some novels have the characters, setting, plot, problems, ebb and flow thatíll just translate beautifully to the big screen. The Hunger Games is one such work.

The beauty and agony of Collinsí trilogy, but especially the first one The Hunger Games, is that they hold almost nothing back, and short of a few childish moments here and there (mostly with respect to the love stories), donít shy away from the death and destruction established early in the harsh but rather dichotomous world of Panem. Itís a book I loved and rarely heard an ill word about so there are obvious reasons to get excited for the movie.

The writers here at CinemaBlend have already covered a fair amount of ground with respect to what this movie must get right in the adaptation. I agree with every point. And it appears from early reviews, critics believe director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit-77%) and company have nailed it. Theyíve created a flick worthy of the book. Early reviews range from overwhelmingly positive to downright gushing.

Jennifer Lawrence, who really only seems to choose good flicks, appears to be the perfect Katniss. And the trailers prime the pump for a movie full of the kind of emotion and tension Collins established in her book. Though the rest of the trilogy, in this writerís less than humble opinion, tend to devolve a bit, the first in the series is a clear winner. The movie appears no different. The Rotten Watch for The Hunger Games is 96%.

Will Doug's prediction for The Hunger Games be right?


Recapping last week:

I said I wouldnít count 21 Jump Street (Predicted: 85% Actual: 88%) on my resume because so many early reviews were already in, but it is worth it to note that I predicted it would dip a bit over the week. Got that part right, even though, admittedly it stood little chance of staying at 100%. And who cares if it is like the original really in name only? Everything from the eighties and early nineties is fair game in my book. Iím just glad the movie is good.

Next time around Snow White gets updated and Perseus comes back for some more. Itís going to be a Rotten Week!
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