The Hunger Games – Mostly Awesome

Before I get started I guess I should state for the record that I have not read any of the books. I have not read any of the Harry Potter books either, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying all of the movies. I’m sure the books are just great and that I am missing a lot of stuff by not reading them, but I am fine with that. I will take the movies as independent pieces of art. In the world of pop culture phenomenon, I will jump onboard the movie band wagon and happily remain there. To be honest, I had never heard of the series before the film came out so I don’t feel like I am missing anything.

I went to see “The Hunger Games” on the big screen last week and I loved it. You should see it in the theatre as well. Some movies need to be seen in the cinema because of sheer awesomeness or amount of shit being blown up – and The Hunger Games is one of them. It would lose some of its punch seen on a TV or computer screen.

Anyway, it was badass. I am always a fan of post apocalyptic films. I like seeing visions of what the world will be like after the rich eat it and then spit it back out. Or after a zombie filled meteor hits earth and we are all left to fend for ourselves. Because it doesn’t really matter how we got there, now does it? What matters is that we ARE there and the world has crazy new rules that we must all live by.

In the world of “The Hunger Games”, there are 12 districts of poor people who must compete in a brutal competition once a year leaving all but one of the contestants dead. Oh, and those contestants are kids.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss – a young woman who volunteers for the games so that her little sister doesn’t have to. It is a refreshing change to see a young woman as an action lead who is portrayed as totally capable, intelligent, nice and not sexualized at all.  Honestly, her outfit isn’t sexy in the least bit. Hell, Lenny Kravitz is more sexualized than she is – but that might be just because he can’t help it. I mean, it is  Lenny Kravitz.

But, I did have a few issues. Now, if you haven’t seen the movie you might want to skip the rest of this because I might have a few spoilers.

  1. What’s the big deal with sponsors? The first half of the film makes a pretty big deal about all of the Tributes needing to get sponsors in order to survive the games. They give the Tributes makeovers, tout them out in chariots to wave to their adoring public and interview them on TV all in an effort to get them sponsors. But… that’s all we ever hear about it. If Katniss or any of the other doomed youth get sponsors, we as an audience never see it. We are told that sponsors will help you survive the games, but then … ? Big old hole there, film makers.
  2. If the games happen every year, then why don’t they prepare a little better? – OK. If I lived in the HG world, you better believe that I would be out training my ass off in preparation for the impending death games. I would learn how to run really fast, and I would develop a strategy. Also, if people are allowed to “volunteer” then why not train the best people and send them in? Give them some sort of incentive for risking life and limb? It just didn’t make sense.
  3. Why Kids? – Aside from the books being written for kids, I don’t get why the contestants have to be children of a certain age. It really isn’t explained in the movie. And I think it would have been a lot more scary and maybe even a little more interesting if some 30-year-old dude was pitted against a 10-year-old boy and maybe a 50-year-old woman.

Again, these are just small issues I have with an otherwise cool movie. It was fun and exciting and you’ll have a good time. You’ll feel like it was money well spent.

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One thought on “The Hunger Games – Mostly Awesome

  1. Well, you know when Katniss had the problems with the toxic bees? And when her partner was hurt? The medicines they received? Those came from sponsors …
    From the book you get that they don’t prepare better because they can’t afford really…
    And it’s kids, because nothing is more cruel than to make parents watch their kids being killed.

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