Thursday, 12 April 2012

Have you seen The Hunger Games yet?

A couple of weekends ago, myself and @ultimatecoddy popped along to the cinema to see one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, The Hunger Games. In my opinion... it was fantastic!

I was very skeptical at first; even though I have seen all of the Twilight films, I'm not 'mad on them', so when this was being named 'the next Twilight', I had my doubts. But then, after Coddy saw a tweet from somebody he follows saying it was more action-packed, and seeing the great reviews, I was intrigued... I won't go into great detail about the film just in case any of you lovely readers have yet to see it, but trust me, it is GOOD!

Despite its great reviews, the film has generated some controversy, and this is why I was asked to write a first person piece for the Grimsby Telegraph. This was published on Wednesday 11th April and you can read the feature below.

The Grimsby Telegraph, 11th April 2012
Is the Games too gory?

One of the most hotly anticipated films of the year has been released in UK cinemas, generating nearly £5 million in its opening weekend, but many parents are worried that ‘The Hunger Games’ is too gory for their children.

Dubbed the next ‘Twilight’, ‘The Hunger Games’ has been generating publicity since news of its release was confirmed. This film is an adaptation of the first book in a series of three, written by American author Suzanne Collins, and it is said to be the next big teen franchise. Already in its opening weekend, the film grossed an estimated £135 million worldwide and looks set to continue this success over the Easter period.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the story, it is set in America in a time where civilisation has been destroyed by war.  Twelve Districts exist and every year, a male and female child between the ages of 12 and 18, known as ‘tributes’, from each area are taken to the Capitol to take part in the Hunger Games.

Imagine the hype of this year’s Olympics, but instead of an ancient sporting event bringing the country together, the aim of the game is for the teenagers to fight to the death until one victor remains. You can see why some parents are anxious about their children watching this movie.

The film has been rated as 12A by the British Board of Film Classification which means that only children aged 12 or over may see the movie unless they are accompanied by an adult. This is mainly due to the fact that the distributor, Lionsgate, cut seven seconds of ‘bloody’ footage to meet the criteria for the younger rating.

Considering the nature of the story, there is very little gore shown on screen, so I can see how this classification is met. However, you are still watching young people kill each other in order to win this televised competition, which is still incredibly shocking to see.

Despite this morbid storyline, the film itself is fantastic and has been very well made; I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I would just suggest that, if you or your child are considering going to see this film, that you do some background research and prepare yourselves for what you are about to see as not to cause any distress.

With the second and third books also making the transformation to the big screen, it seems as though the hype around ‘The Hunger Games’, and the trend of young adult fiction, will not be dying anytime soon. 

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