Unlike when I went to see “Twilight,” the movie theatre was completely silent for “The Hunger Games.” The movie started with a brief wording explaining the debt that all 12 districts owed the capitol. The debt was to be fulfilled through the Hunger Games, offering up one male and one female from each district each year. This was enough to silence a whole theatre.
But death and dying were the opposite of what this phenomenal movie was about. This movie was about courage, compassion, winning, romance and strength. The preview for “The Hunger Games” was very deceiving in that it only showed how the candidates were being dressed up and fighting until the death. What the previews didn’t show is the very thing that might surprise you when you go see the movie.
Courage is what it took for Katniss to openly volunteer herself to take the spot of her sister, Primrose. Compassion is what Katniss showed toward her sister and her mother when their father died one day in a coal mining accident. Winning is what it took for Katniss and Peeta to pull through with what happens to be a grand ending. Romance is what the people in the capitol were telling Katniss would help her win the fight. Strength in all situations during this movie is what “The Hunger Games” is about.
Some in the audience will have read the books already, and some will go into this movie with no clue, so I will spare the details. We all know that Katniss took the place of her sister and will have to fight until the death, but what may not be seen in this movie are the ethical issues. Let me paint the picture for you.
The people in the capitol look like clowns. Their hair is crazy different colors along with their makeup and wardrobe, but what can be noted is that they look perfect. View the people in the capitol as dolls. Whatever their leader tells them to do, they do unless they want to be punished. The Hunger Games to them is a reality TV show – their Jersey Shore.
The people in the districts are poor and suffering. Their hair is ragged, their clothes are mangled and they struggle even finding food. Life is only gray for the people in districts 1 through 12.
When the day of the Hunger Games arrives, the capitol people are laughing and cheering while the district people are quiet and crying. This says a lot about our society today. Our society thrives off of a sick version of entertainment that entails people getting drunk, doing drugs and doing dumb stuff. We find that stuff entertaining until we are the ones affected by it.
When you go see this movie, view it quietly and with respect, because one day this could be our reality.