Release date: March 23, 2012
Directed by: Gary Ross
Screenplay by: Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray
Based on the YA novel: “The Hunger Games” by: Suzanne Collins
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Lenny Kravitz
Running Time: 142 minutes
Harry Potter has vanished and Twilight is about to take its last bite … leaving the teen/tween appetite clamoring for the next mega-franchise. Given producing studio Lionsgate’s year-long ad campaign, it’s no surprise that the hunger for The Hunger Games is nothing short of ravenous. So how goes the first course?
Let’s end the suspense here and now: The Hunger Games is highly palatable. A marvelous mix of riveting adventure, high-stakes drama, a compelling heroine (Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss), engaging visual styles and plenty of flavor from an intriguing ensemble that showcases new talent as well as veterans, The Hunger Games satisfies in a myriad of ways.
But like Katniss’ arrow, flying straight at a hapless target: I’m getting ahead of myself.
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Rating on a score of 5 girls who’ve got the quivers: 4