Let the games begin

June 21, 2012

Here’s the movie for which millions of fans have been starving. The Roxy is proud to present the greatly anticipated film The Hunger Games on Friday June 22 at 6:30pm.
The Hunger Games is guaranteed to satisfy the appetite of die-hard fans, as well as those unfamiliar with the literary phenomenon on which it is based.

Probably the greatest achievement of The Hunger Games, and there are many, is that in adapting the best-selling teen novel, its creative team have produced something that works as a film, not just as an adaptation of a book.

There’s no required reading before entering the cinema in order to ‘get it.’ When a series has sold millions of copies, as Suzanne Collins’ trilogy has, the default position is to produce something that will look just as readers imagined, rather than offer something nobody had considered.

The Hunger Games as a novel has been dissected, expanded and reworked into something intelligent, immersive and powerfully current.

In a dystopian North America, a tyrannical government stages an annual televised gladiatorial competition, in which young people are selected to fight to the death. When Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and her old friend Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) enter the fray, they team up to survive, and their alliance poses a threat to the established order.

Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence gives an outstanding performance in the lead, possessing both a striking blend of survivalist toughness and juvenile vulnerability. Lawrence effortlessly navigates the complexity of the character while Stanley Tucci is absolutely dynamite as flamboyant announcer/commentator Caesar Flickerman.

The Hunger Games is muscular, exciting filmmaking, with an excellent cast and enough weighty ideas to please both newcomers and fans of the books. This is a film that is as thrilling and smart as it is terrifying and its intense storytelling will leave you craving more. There have been a number of big-gun literary series brought to screen over the past decade. This one slays them all.

And don’t miss Warialda talent Benny Nelson appearing live as a special guest with renowned singer/songwriter on Friday June 29 at 8pm. Rising star Benny has performed alongside many big names such as Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Dayley, Amber Lawrence and Phil Emmanuel, just to name a few.

Cabaret tables are selling fast, so make up a group of friends and bring your dancing shoes for what will be a fantastic night out at The Roxy. Bookings Bingara Tourist Information Centre. Telephone: (02) 6724 0066.