There was a subtle humming noise that could be heard just after the announcement that Suzanne Collins’ wildly successful novel, The Hunger Games
, would be adapted for film. It was the sound of everyone on the Internet going “OMG,” industry executives planning whatever it is that rich people plan before getting richer, and T-shirts being printed with “Team Peeta” and “Team Gale” where “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” had been before. It was typical white noise, and none of it mattered. Director Gary Ross’ take on The Hunger Games
works because it’s strictly, unabashedly, Team Katniss.
Forced to survive in a postapocalyptic society divided into 12 di...