Do you think when Elizabeth Banks signed up for The Hunger Games she knew she’d be unrecognizable? After watched the quasi-impressive trailer premiere the other day, I literally had no idea Banks played a clown (named “Effie Trinket”) with a microphone. Truth be told, the costume and make-up design of the “elite” class in this dystopian tale is exactly what’s wrong with it. As I sniped the other day, it looks like director Gary Ross is pushing into Joel Schumacher Batman territory. I’m highly concerned.
Originally described as Running Man meets Battle Royale, the movie also mixes in heavy tones from Shirley Jackson’s 1948 short “The Lottery”.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg, Chris Mark, Jacqueline Emerson, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci also star. “Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”