…The Hunger Games!
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. DUH, right? Not only was the book trilogy by Suzanne Collins a huge success, but the movie became one of the biggest blockbusters of 2012. That, however, is not why I chose it as my favorite. The major deciding factor during my process of elimination came down to the work done behind the cameras and red carpet hype.
Like most of the world’s population, I read the books, saw the movie, and bought it when it was released on DVD. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend following the above steps. After watching every single special feature the DVD had to offer, it’s really no surprise why this movie over-ruled the other contenders for the top spot on my list. Believe me, it’s well worth sitting through all three hours of the “making of” footage.
Gary Ross, who also directed Big and Pleasantville, was the creative brainpower behind the production of this best-seller, and did an impressive job of transforming the story into a film version that fans of the novels would embrace. The way he chose to illustrate the storyline in cinema vérité fashion emphasized the character of Katniss and her experiences rather than a gory display of violence. Overall, a classy and artful decision which gave the movie that “indie” quality I admire.
So, to sum up my reasoning:
1) Awesome story. Period.
2) Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.
3) Incredible special features showing how the film was made.
4) Two thumbs-up for the soundtrack.
5) Gary Ross is the man.
6) Did I mention Jennifer Lawrence?
Runner-ups worth mentioning include Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, The Avengers, and Argo.