Hunger Games is based on a book series about a dystopian future where a civil war led to the government cordoning off areas of the United States, now called Panem, into districts. To remind the citizens to not rise up against the government, each district has to supply one girl and one boy (ages 12-18) each year, known as the Reaping, to compete in The Hunger Games. It is a fight to the death where only one of the 24 kids will survive with prizes awarded to the district of the winner. The entire event is televised.
Amy and I have read the entire trilogy so we knew this would have to be a Snazzle Review for us. We do compare the movie to the book and also talk plot points so, like usual, if you want to avoid spoilers, you might want to skip the review, but if you read to the end there is a twist that no one will expect coming.
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I believe everyone know about the nationwide releases this week, which I want to see eventually, but I wanted to point out the Winnebago Man movie that is in limited release. It has been a hit on the movie festival circuit and Doug Benson recommended it, so I think that’s a reason to see it right there.
I also decided to include a quick look at the big movies being released next weekend at the end of the post.
Directed: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Danny Mcbride, Miranda Cosgrove, Julie Andrews
Synopsis: A super villain has plans to steal the moon, but then he ends up taking care of three orphan girls.
My Take: It looks pretty cute and I like the cast.
RT Score: 80%
RT Consensus: Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Pixar and Looney Tunes, Despicable Me is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own.
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There are so many bad movies this week. Let’s just ignore it and hope it is better next week.
The Vampire’s Assistant
Directed: Mira Nair
Starring: Hilary Swank, Ewan McGregor, Richard Gere, Christopher Eccleston
Synopsis: Biopic of Amelia Earhart who was the first person to fly across the Pacific solo and disappeared while trying to be the first person to fly around the world.
My Take: While Earhart’s story sounds interesting, the movie looks dull.
RT Score: 16%
RT Consensus: Amelia takes the compelling raw materials of its subject’s life and does little with them, conventionally ticking off Earhart’s accomplishments without exploring the soul of the woman.
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Bridge to Terabithia
Directed: Gabor Csupo
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Anna ophia Robb
Based on the novel about two kids who find a magical kingdom and have adventures.
I never read the book and never even heard of it before the movie came out, so I can only review it from what I experienced while watching the movie. There is a pre-teen boy who feels like an outsider at home with his three other sisters and an outsider at school where the prominent bully is an eighth grade girl. A new girl shows up to school who looks like the cousin of Punky Brewster. She is a free spirit and the two oddballs bond.
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