So, recently I watched the first three “Hunger Games” movies. I have not read the books and I proceed with the greatest respect, affirmation, and affection for two of my friends who hold the nobler feelings and attraction of “The Hunger Games” close.
I also highly recommend watching “The Hunger Games” in a post-Soviet country (you may stock up on readily available sunflower seeds and libations to get through the scary, improbable, and “romantic” portions if need be).
While they have enough incongruities and forced drama never to be great literature, they are better than the critics non-existent attempts to create something less vampire filled and more real world wrestling.
Now we may proceed…
The story exists in a land where poison is used as a political routine, famine is plotted, workers trudge about in gray while filling quotas, technology is highly advanced while most people live hundreds of years behind, communication is terrifying, and you do all that you can to save your own…because there is not much more to hold on to.
So far, we are on familiar footing.
Then we have this world feeling inspired by a teenager killing people and singing badly on TV. Oh, and a more or less selfish love story.
People get the fan club stuff, dress the part, and sing the songs.
Familiar grounds, to some extent? Maybe.
While, a real revolution being inspired on such grounds is new. We like the unlikely hero, but is Katniss even heroic? And what, if anything besides personal survival, is holding people together for this fighting activity? And is Katniss really the most inspiring person in 70 years of servitude? Because…if so, there are deeper issues afoot.
I realize that the whole Gale vs. Peeta thing is an internet battle field, but let us suggest a solution. Katniss and Gale can adopt Peeta as their child. This way they can protect him from the world more easily and when called for, he can be their sedative and therapeutic influence/contrasting character for thematic effect.
In all seriousness, though… Peeta and Katniss are not heroes. This does not make them unlikable or wrong characters, I just think it should be noted.
Peeta never does anything (besides maybe warning people a few minutes ahead of an attack after blubbing repeatedly on TV). All of his actions are motivated by “his like” for Katniss and, as I hope all girls in the world know, these sorts of actions should not be trusted as self-sacrificial or future patterns.
Katniss is narrow-sighted and selfish on almost every occasion. She repeatedly only does things to save her own family or whine about Peeta. Yes. She is brave. But I think this condemns her actions in general because she could use her bravery a lot more often. xP
May I suggest that, if it is possible that people remain under such servitude for 70 years, it is because most of them are from the same cloth as Peeta and Katniss?
Gale…on the other hand, protects old women, decides to stay when he hears things are going to get worse (while Peeta and Katniss want to run off into the woods), and routinely sacrifices his desires/safety for the random and dangerous needs of others.
The love triangle seems to be between Katniss, as a woman, wanting to help someone and be part of something with a mission or be with a man who will listen to her, refuse to challenge her, and is easily controlled. Who wins? And why is this so attractive to young women?
I just think it should be noted.
I have Questions
Like the revolution fighting in kind with the capitol (propaganda, betrayal, playing God with decisions of life and death, etc.) the movie shows violence while critiquing a society’s fascination with it… It actually does a very similar thing with the romance and the ideas behind the revolution itself.
Basically, there are a lot of questions. A lot of interesting, relevant, close, and thought provoking questions. But no answers and nowhere to go with them. Is this bad or good?
Maybe neither. Maybe just unconscious or conscious reflections. Just to be noted.
But John Rabe is good.
The romance and heroism is magnificent.