In The Picture: Movie Reviews – by Nadine

This week’s reviews: The Hunger Games – The Movie, Material, The Lucky One.


I know I did the book reviews on this which is one of the reasons why I insisted on watching the movie. Again, I wanted to understand the hype around the constant comparisons relating to Twilight.

After having read the novels I must say this movie left me a bit disappointed.

The books portrayed such colourful destinations and people which I feel the movie just didn’t live up to. I was disappointed with some of the character cast as I envisioned my characters to be totally different from the novel descriptions (but hey, maybe that was just me).

The movie features Jennifer Lawrence who plays Katniss Everdeen. Jennifer filled the shoes of her character fully even though I didn’t feel the same for the character placement of Josh Hutcherson (no offence Josh) who plays Peeta Mellark.

The movie just felt very rushed and didn’t focus on the important points I feel everyone that read the books would want displayed.

For those who are not familiar with the plot, the Hunger games film is based on a young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins. The story revolves around a 16 year old Katniss Everdeen who lives in a post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, where the countries of North America once existed. The capitol is a highly advanced capitol that hosts annual games where a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 to 18 are annually selected to participate in a televised battle to death until only one victor remains.

The novels are a must-read for just about anyone, as for the film – this one didn’t quite reach the twilight levels I would have expected.

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In South Africa, we sometimes totally forget about other cultures that also struggle daily to make a living. Material – brings such cultures to light in a quirky kind of “Dramady.”

In this film Riaad Moosa (a well-known local stand-up comedian), plays the lead character of a young Muslim man who works in his father’s fabric shop in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. As per tradition, as the only son, he is expected to take over the family business from his father.

In a weird fashion he lands up in front of an open mike at a local comedy bar and discovers a hidden talent for stand-up comedy. This sparks a new-found passion within him and creates an opportunity he never knew existed. The same passion also creates conflict within his family and religion, as it tests the boundaries with his father and that of his community.

I liked the fact that Riaad brought every day struggles of families around the world to the table in a funny yet dramatic way and even though the film is casted as a heart-warming film that emphasises on the importance of family I felt it to be light hearted enough and funny.

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Mmm, another one to add to my ultimate love collection!

The fact that the directors use pretty actors for these films just makes these stories so much more addictive. This film features none other than Zach Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner.

This movie – like so many others, is a romantic drama that is based on the novel written by Nicholas Sparks who is the same author that wrote Dear John and The Notebook. Admittedly I have not read the novel – yet.

The movie held deep significance and touched my heart as I’m sure it would for many.

In brief the movie revolves around a soldier – Logan played by Zach Efron that has served his third tour of duty in Iraq and returns after narrowly escaping a roadside bomb. He seems to feel that his survival was due to a picture of a woman he retrieved shortly prior to surviving a mortar attack.

After his duty finished he returns to Colorado where he lives with his sister. As he struggles with “survivor’s guilt,” he decides to leave and go and look for his guardian angel. Of course the full story and plot can’t be summed up within such a short description.

So all I am going to say is that it’s something that deals with varied factors but that would touch many a heart. (The fact that dear old Zach buffed up and grew a beard definitely contributes).

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About Octarine Valur

Octarine Valur - Founder: House Valur, South African Vampyre Community, South African Vampi(y)re Alliance (SAVA), SA Vampyre news (SAVN). View all posts by Octarine Valur

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