The Hunger Games…be sure to see it

I seldom go to the movies these days. Hunger Games was so well reviewed I had to see it. I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this movie to everyone and be sure to take the kids. Hope, Love, Courage, Survivalism, Loyalty and Community are key themes.

The Capitol of Panem, a superficial, fake society that exists at the expense and lives of the 99%...much like today's society.

…a gripping story set in a postapocalyptic world where a replacement for the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories: two children to be used as gladiators in a televised fight to the death. Katniss, from what was once Appalachia, offers to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, but after this ultimate sacrifice, she is entirely focused on survival at any cost. It is her teammate, Peeta, who recognizes the importance of holding on to one’s humanity in such inhuman circumstances. It’s a credit to Collins’s skill [the writer] at characterization that Katniss, like a new Theseus, is cold, calculating and still likable. She has the attributes to be a winner, where Peeta has the grace to be a good loser. It’s no accident that these games are presented as pop culture. Every generation projects its fear: runaway science, communism, overpopulation, nuclear wars and, now, reality TV. The State of Panem—which needs to keep its tributaries subdued and its citizens complacent—may have created the Games, but mindless television is the real danger, the means by which society pacifies its citizens and punishes those who fail to conform. Will its connection to reality TV, ubiquitous today, date the book? It might, but for now, it makes this the right book at the right time. What happens if we choose entertainment over humanity? In Collins’s world, we’ll be obsessed with grooming, we’ll talk funny, and all our sentences will end with the same rise as questions. When Katniss is sent to stylists to be made more telegenic before she competes, she stands naked in front of them, strangely unembarrassed. They’re so unlike people that I’m no more self-conscious than if a trio of oddly colored birds were pecking around my feet, she thinks. In order not to hate these creatures who are sending her to her death, she imagines them as pets. It isn’t just the contestants who risk the loss of their humanity. It is all who watch. Katniss struggles to win not only the Games but the inherent contest for audience approval. Because this is the first book in a series, not everything is resolved, and what is left unanswered is the central question. Has she sacrificed too much? We know what she has given up to survive, but not whether the price was too high. (Publishers Weekly)

Grade 7 Up -In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Collins’ characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing. This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality shows like ‘Survivor’ and ‘American Gladiator.’ (School Library Journal)

Reminds me of the malls and images plastered all over the nation today that screams BUY! DESIRE! WANT! GOTTA HAVE IT! SPEND! THIS WILL BRING YOU LOVE! THIS WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY!
Shoes to die for.
Jennifer Lawrence stars as 'Katniss Everdeen'. She represents courage, loyalty, wisdom, survivalism and most
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta who learns that love conquers all.
Donald Sutherland stars as 'President Snow' who represents evil, greed and corruption.
Amandla Stenberg stars as 'Rue' - represents survivalism, courage, intelligence and love
Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) - represents the epitome of superficiality, greed, consumerism and all that is wrong with this society. A true sell out.
Cinna (Lenny Kravitz, left - the good within the evil system), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson, center - the alcoholic within the system who gains hope) and Josh Hutcherson (right)

2 thoughts on “The Hunger Games…be sure to see it”

  1. So Taken by this movie.. there I was on the eve of my 50th birthday with a few friends when my dearest friend said ” we are going to see the “Hunger Games” tonight to which her 16 year old daughter let out a squeal. Ever interested in what young people think is cool, and since my own children ages 26 and 13 had asked if they could take me to the movies for my birthday, even though I was tired as a dog from the long day. I pulled it together for the Midnight Showing On Thursday the 23rd. The Hunger Games did not disappoint.
    Written by Sandra Collins a name I had no familiarity with the movie comes on the heels of 3 extremely successful books written by the author and gobbled up by her teen and tween fans. The Hunger Games is the first in the series since I’m a big fan of nuance and politics this was right up my alley.
    Set in a time in the future America, we experience a world that has been returned to slave setting that involves everyone except the very rich working in the various sectors of commerce without the benefit of unions, or safety standards and likely although we believe this to be true as well without the benefit of having a short work day ( we think this because one scene shows workers watching the games at night, possibly shift work but you get the picture).
    For their entertainment they have created an opportunity for 1 child a year to pull their family out of a life of food shortages and slave labor, but to do so could spell the end of their lives ( there is to prize for second place traditionally) – to be selected is more of a death sentence than an honor. It was not lost on me that we were watching the 74th ANNUAL Hunger Games it clearly indicated that these “games” had been going on for quite a long time. It was also not lost on me that preparation was very developed while the lives of the majority of the people who lived throughout the nation looked a lot more like shanty towns in Appalachia.
    My audience filled with “privileged” kids was dotted with young people some who dressed for the occasion, choosing the under class or the luxury class, it was interesting to see that the majority chose to look more like the under class. As I watched this display of gluttony, and cruelty unfold, i couldn’t help but wonder how these young people processed this information, if they viewed it as pure fiction or if they were smart enough to realize that this author had given them a gift, to not allow the ruling class to turn this or any other nation into this kind of horrid world.
    As I was leaving on the long escalator with young people and a few dozen kids were behind me, I turned and said ” its exactly like that in China”… they stared wide eyed, “what” one girl said.. i repeated, “Its exactly like that in China, look up Foxcom they make your Iphone”, Then I added, don’t let it happen here. Several kids nodded in agreement. I think I made a few converts, that would be a good thing, if so Sandra Collins is owed a big debt of gratitude from all of us. See it, its excellent, and terrifying.

    1. Happy Birthday, Crystal!

      Thank you for your excellent review. It was not lost on me either that we have been living in this horrid system where 1% reap the slave work from 99% of us. That tip you gave those kids leaving the theater is a great tool we can all use. Hugs to you! ~M

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