A Constant Visual Feast

There’s so much surrounding The Hunger Games— socially, artistically, politically– that it’s hard to know where to start in writing a review about the latest pop-cultural literary and cinematic phenomenon. It feels somewhat gauche to begin by comparing Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ award-winning young adult novel to  Twilight, to which it owes something of a debt, and it seems like jumping the shark to set out with declarative statements about its relevance to our country’s current national discourse and attitude on issues of class and status. And there’s something that sounds prejudicial about immediately pronouncing The Hunger Games as a shining example of what YA fiction can live up to, yet all of these things are true and should be part of any in-depth discussion of the film.

So I’ll begin somewhere simple: for all of the various controversies surrounding it, The Hunger Games is very, very…

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