So I finally saw The Hunger Games. There had been a lot of controversy over this movie, specifically in the reformed Christian circles and even in my own family. Many people love this movie, others hate it. I can understand how some people can be revolted from the story, considering it is about teenagers killing each other in a televised film show. C’mon, when you boil it down to that, it does sound rather mature. However, I found the movie enjoyable, interesting, sometimes intense and over all very good. Not perfect but still good.
Before I talk about the movie, I know of some friends who might be wary of the film considering things they might have heard about it from a certain radio show by Mr. Swanson, and I know said radio show upset certain internet friends by it’s unfairness and bad misrepresentation. The radio show upset me too and was really the thing that made me want to see the movie. For those friends who heard said radio show, I would highly recommend reading this article written by an articulate and sharp young man who responds to Mr. Swanson’s misrepresentation of the film in his blog post. Go ahead and read it, it’s right here. Oh, and read this article too for another well-balanced review of the film by a old church friend of mine, it’s also a must-read.
I had hope for this movie, even though I hadn’t seen it, that it was better then some people were relenting. And it was good. The gist of the whole story is about a young lady struggling to survive the brutal system of her government called the Hunger Games.
First things first. My thoughts on the two main characters, Katniss and Peeta.
My first thought I want to share here is that if anyone who can’t admire how self-sacrificing Katniss is, there’s something wrong with them. Because, really, this is exactly how you want a heroine to be like. Katniss, with her rough edges, was mature, respectable, elegant, strong, and self-sacrificing. She easily made her way onto my favorite’s heroines list. I loved her.
I actually liked Peeta more than I expected too. I was just a little put off about him because there were so many extreme fangirls everywhere and it was a little much. However, Peeta won me over by the end. He worked the systems to his advantage, which was smart. At the same time, he didn’t want to the systems to change him into something he wasn’t. He still wanted to be free. And that was neat to see.
I liked just about everything from this movie. The effects were great, the costumes were amazing. The music was perfect and I’ve enjoyed listening to it on it’s own way before I ever saw the movie. The only thing I can say I didn’t care for was the overused shaky camera, especially at the beginning of the movie. I appreciated it’s use for the violent scenes but they used it too much for non-violent scenes. This makes it rather hard to focus at times. Otherwise, everything about the film production-wise was great.
One of my most favorite scenes has got to be the parade scene, where we saw Peeta and Katniss in their flaming outfits. Everything about that scene took my breath away and one of the few that hadn’t been spoiled before hand for me.
I did find the whole romance between Katniss and Peeta a little strange and the makers of the movie probably assumed most of the viewers would have read the book. But it was a little hard to tell if they really were in love by the end or what. It was good that they did have a connection to each others past but for them to be legitimately in love that fast is just a little hard to swallow. Anyway, they make a cute couple and I’ll be interested to see where it goes in Catching Fire, including how her relationship with Gale turns out.
The Games themselves was very interesting to watch; sad but interesting. I appreciated how Katniss basically sat out of most of them game at the beginning; she only killed in self defense, she defended the youngest girl on the field and even though she was afraid, she did what she needed to do. A lot of things she needed to do back at home helped her while at the Games. She’s a good character.
Basically, I enjoyed this movie a lot and am sad that is was represented so badly in some Christian circles. It’s not a movie for everyone but it is a good movie; it gives a warning of what our future could hold, especially in consideration of media. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to a mature audience of teens and up.