I plan on going to see the Hunger Games tonight and I must warn you I’ve already built up a biased review in my head. Let’s begin with a little story. A few years ago a fellow coworker of mine was telling me about a book she was reading called The Hunger Games. As she was describing it I immediately asked if she had seen Battle Royal? She said she hadn’t and the more she described the book the more similarities between the two were drawn. Young female protagonist, kids forced into a winner take all death match forced by the state, bag with weapons, etc… She let me borrow the book after she finished it and I actually enjoyed it and started doing a little online research here and there and after drawing the Battle Royal conclusion, I read that Suzanne Collins vehemently denies having seen or heard of it, I call Bull Shit. The similarities are too similar for me, also what kind of agent, PR rep, publisher, editor does she have that didn’t bring it up to her attention either? All of those should have a pulse on society and pop culture to know a rip off when they read it.
Now that I’ve gotten that little bit out of the way here are a few things I’m predicting about the movie. I’ll post a wrap up later to see if any of my predictions come true, and if they do you can all Nostradamus has risen and he goes by the name H.G. Smells. Oh, and BTW, a few spoiler alerts below.
1. The movie will play up the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale. There is some romantic tension in the books but it’s a small portion of the overall story. I think they will hype this up and it will just get confusing and not have the Twighlight effect they are going for.
2. The death scenes will be quick and not have any emotional impact. Lets face facts, 22 kids age 12 – 18 die. That’s a lot of killing going on and I have a feeling Hollywood will do it’s best to gloss over the death of innocent children.
3. Lenny Kravitz will be a lame ass Cinna. They should have got Chris Tucker to bring back his role as Ruby Rhod .
4. Although this isn’t really a prediction but I still called it years ago before they started filming, I said that almost all of the actors who will be portraying kids will be in their mid 20’s. Why can’t we have kids play kids? I’m so sick of Hollywood pushing a 30 year old as a high school kid, it looks so unrealistic.
Ok, so those are my predictions. I also have a feeling I will be re-watching Battle Royal again soon since they just released a box set. So if you like the Hunger Games books, please do yourself a favor and read or watch Battle Royal and draw your own conclusions.
On a side note, if you are into YA fiction, I highly recommend The Hungry City Chronicles; all this talk about hunger makes me want a burrito. Anyways, Peter Jackson and WETA have signed on for production and with that team together I thing it will be an awesome franchise. More on that to come.
- H.g. Smells