Friday, 30 March 2012

(Almost) Saying Goodbye to The Hunger Games...

The Hunger Games was the first film entry in the Constellation of Cinematic Anticipation (click on the link to see what the hell that is all about). Time flies when you're having fun, and it's no longer an anticipated movie in many countries. It will stay there though until it's released in SA and a review is posted on this blog. In case you've been living in a cave, The Hunger Games as done exceptionally well since being released last week. Hit the jump for some odd stats and facts...

The Good...

The Hunger Games has received universal acclaim and has made a shit load of money. So, it seems that Twilight really is uniquely pathetic. The Hunger Games:

  • had the third biggest opening weekend EVER, grossing $153 million in the US alone (bested only by The Dark Knight and Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part II). This is also the biggest opening weekend by a non-sequel by miles;
  • has grossed (at the time of posting) around $241 million world wide (on a budget of $78 million);
  • gets a more-than-solid 7.8 out of 10 on IMDB; and
  • is 85% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with the following "Critics' Consensus": Thrilling and superbly acted, The Hunger Games captures the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and ambitious scope of its source novel.
The Bad...

Some Hunger Games fans are truly and utterly fucking idiotic. Yes, I read on (via Rope of Silicon) that some fans were bitching because the characters of Rue, Thresh and Cinna were black in the movie. Lenny Kravitz was cast as Cinna because of the character he played in Precious, and in my view that is not only a great casting choice, but for once a choice that shows some real insight. As for Thresh and Rue, I  always thought they were black, and indeed the Jezebel article quotes these two extracts from the book:

"…And most hauntingly, a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that's she's very like Prim in size and demeanor…" - on Rue.

"The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there. He's one of the giants, probably six and half feet tall and built like an ox" - on Thresh.

I mean, come on! What makes it worse is that it doesn't matter what colour they are in the first place. Anyway, take a look at some of these tweets and witness the true height of stupidity, ignorance, narrow-mindedness and, uh, bigotry (and these are people that read):

The Creative...

Jeez, after calming down, check out these cool posters that tell you what The Hunger Games would be like had it been helmed by other directors. Pretty awesome (via Collider - head over there to see them all, I've only used some of my favourite ones). I have included the "sister" poster next to each poster below as well:

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