On Thursday, I posted about my anticipation regarding the midnight premiere showing of the movie, THE HUNGER GAMES, which I was going to attend with my children,their friend and my husband. Lots of you asked me to report back, so here’s what I have to say.
QUICK STORY DESCRIPTION: For those of you who don’t know, the book takes place in post-Apocalyptic America where the people, who live in 12 distinct districts are controlled by a central power located in the Capitol, a modern city, which the district people are not allowed to visit unless invited. THE HUNGER GAMES are a tradition created by the Capitol to keep the districts from rising up against the Capitol, as a now-defunct 13th district once did. Every year, two children from each district are chosen randomly to fight each other until the death in a complex, manmade arena. The battle for the victor is televised for the entertainment of the people living in the Capitol.
FIRST: I am so, so, so glad we went. It was well worth the loss of sleep that night.
SECOND: The movie was engaging, entrancing and stuck to the story told in the Suzanne Collins novel. There were a couple of places where they skipped what I considered to be important details from the book, which I think diluted the plot and also made some future actions harder to comprehend. The photography was breathtaking, the acting was very good, but I wish they hadn’t edited out some of the relationship building scenes from the book that made you root for the characters while also struggling with the horror of what they were going to have to do to win.
THIRD: THE HUNGER GAMES is a horrific story. The book describes the violent killings of children by children and the disturbing manipulation of the conditions in the arena by the Gamemaster, who wants the reality television to be as dramatic and exciting as it can be. There are moments when you are reading that you have to stop, take a deep breath, and move on. The movie did not portray the violence quite as graphically as the book. I think this was deliberate, as the movie is rated PG-13 and the primary audience for the movie is pre-teens and teenagers, but I also thought it may have been softened a little too much. We did see a few killings, blurred but obvious, but somehow the horror that I felt reading did not come through as clearly in the movie. I think that lessening the visual impact of what is happening in this story also lessens the horror felt by those watching, which lessens how disturbed we are by the conditions of this world that is an ugly prospect of what could be if we don’t treat each other with kindness and equality. I didn’t want to see the blood and guts of one child knifing another, but I wish there had been more visual acknowledgment of the absolute inhumanity of the games and of the Capitol.
If you’ve seen the movie (or when you see it), will you let me know how you felt about it? I’m curious if others had similar or very different reactions.
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