It is true that in concept The Hunger Games can most definitely be compared with Battle Royale. But it’s been custom over the past month on film blogs and such for people with very little idea of Suzanne Collins’ story to use this as a platform to dismiss the trilogy as nothing more than a watered down, westernized rip-off; which we all know is an unfair summation. So thankfully Cinema Blend has compiled 5 reasons to show that The Hunger Games has much more to offer than simply ‘Battle Royale for teenage girls.’ For example some contrasts include:
Battle Royale Is A Much Smaller Story Than The Hunger Games
It’s not just that the world of The Hunger Games is more defined than Battle Royale, but also the fact that there’s a much bigger story at play in the former. While a sequel was made, the Japanese adaptation of Koushun Takami’s novel is actually fairly self-contained. Judging by the fact that the students have no idea what situation they have fallen into, the Battle Royale Act must be fairly new and though we do get some brief examples as to why the law was enacted it’s mostly explained through a title scrawl at the start of the film. While watching the 114 minute movie we learn of the origin of the program, watch an entire class fight to the death, and see a revolution against the system.
The Hunger Games, however, is not only the first part of a trilogy, but also clearly identifies itself as part of a much larger narrative. By the time we first meet Katniss Everdeen there have been many Hunger Games held and there is already a sense of rebellion in the air as Katniss and her friend, Gale, talk of escape from the oppressive rule of the government. When Katniss enters the arena it’s not just meant to be an allegory like Battle Royale, but rather the start of something much larger: a movement.
The Media Plays Very Different Roles In Each Film
This may seem like a minor point. The truth is that the media actually plays a fairly insignificant part in Battle Royale, as the only time we see them is at the very beginning when a swarm of reporters is surrounding the winner of the previous battle. If that’s the case, why is it worth mentioning when contrasting the film with The Hunger Games? Because it plays such a significant role in Gary Ross’ movie that it actually changes the way that each story can be perceived in comparison.
To read the rest of the article and other reasons the two are different stories head on over to Cinema Blend. Please note: There are NO spoilers of The Hunger Games film in this article but if you haven’t seen the brilliant Battle Royale, there are a few spoilers.