The High:“The Hunger Games”
Acquiring fame from the acclaimed book trilogy, the film version of “The Hunger Games” has all the potential to become one of this year’s box office giants.
In the story, the country of America no longer exists; instead it has been replaced by Panem, which consists of the Capitol and 12 districts. The gladiator-style games, which are a fight to the death on national television, get started by a random lottery-style selection of one boy and one girl from each district.
Unfortunately for young Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields), it appears as is if she is the going to be one of the participant in the games– that is, until older sister Katniss (Jennifer Lawerence) does the unheard of and volunteers herself in place of her sister. Representing district 12 with her neighbor, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the journey is set to begin.
But going up against the other districts is no small task. The other eleven districts offer up participants that have been training for the Games their entire life.
Set to premier March 23, “The Hunger Games” has the potential to be not only one of spring break’s best movies, but 2012’s best.
The Low:“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” was a hit, and “Mirror Mirror” hopes to take the animated success to the modern big screen.
Hopes are one thing, reality is another.
Lilly Collins (“The Blind Side”) plays princess-in-exile Snow White, getting her first starring role in a major production.
Accompanying Collins is award-winning actress Julia Roberts, who plays the evil queen.
“Mirror Mirror” attempts to bring a comedic touch to the old Disney version, but critics claim that “Mirror Mirror” is lacking overall appeal. Along with the comedy, the magical spin placed on “Mirror Mirror” includes magical forests and love potions.
The Seven Dwarves may be the highlight of the film. “Mirror Mirror” gets the comedic relief from the Seven Dwarves, who according to sources, use lines from the gangster film “The Godfather.”
Coming out March 30, “Mirror Mirror” has to hope for some sort of Disney-esque miracle to achieve the high hopes they have for their film.