Jennifer Lawrence as the protagonist Katniss Everdeen was pretty much terrific as I knew she could be from her excellent Oscar nominated performance in Winter’s Bone. I really didn’t care for her performance in X-Men: First Class so it was good to know that her performance in Winter’s Bone wasn’t a fluke. Her “love interests” Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne were pretty bland in comparison.
I have to point out that Amandla Stenberg as Rue, whom I first saw do a really great job in Colombiana, was good in her role in this one also, especially in her crucial scenes. Woody Harrelson who was great fun as former Hunger Games victor Haymitch Abernathy.
The story was cool and the “fights to the death” were executed very well without being graphic. It didn’t desensitize what literally are children fighting to the death.
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