The Hunger Games – ‘what would have happened if Romans invented The X Factor’

The Hunger Games is set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from 12 districts to fight to the death on live television, and in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.

Moviejuice presenter Grant Lauchlan was joined in the studio by radio presenter Janice Forsyth and Scottish screenwriter Sergio Casci.

Grant started off: “This film has been hugely anticipated, but I think for once it’s a film that actually lives up to the hype.

“It’s smart, it’s intelligent, and it’s really gritty as well.”

Sergio agreed: “I absolutely loved it. If the ancient Romans had invented The X Factor, this would have been it.”

However, Janice added: “I honestly found it a bit overlong. I thought it dragged a bit, but the big saving grace of the film is Jennifer Lawrence. She’s obviously the go-to girl for that kind of stoical, heroic perseverance.

“I have reservations about the film, but I love the fact that there’s a brilliantly dignified young female hero. It’s fantastic.”

Grant also said that the actress was mesmerising. Sergio praised its intelligence and subtlety.

Having received plenty of cuts to receive a 12A, Sergio talked about its great editing, which meant it retained its darkness.

So, what about marks out of five? Grant said he couldn’t wait for the next instalment, giving it four and a half out of five.

Janice gave it four, mainly because of Jen’s performance, while Sergio also gave it four and a half.

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