So I saw The Hunger Games … and to be brutally honest, I did not like the movie … not even one little bit – but not because I read the book(s) and was disappointed in Hollywood’s rendition … and not because I didn’t like the chosen actors … or because I couldn’t handle the thought of children killing children (I mean come on, I watch the news). Nor was it because I disliked the concept (actually, I find the whole idea behind the film quite beguiling – but then again I am a huge Aldous Huxley fan and to this day think that Brave New World is the most brilliant, albeit disturbing, stories ever written).
No, I didn’t like the movie because it hit home … and it struck a nerve that any and all intelligent beings should realize sits within them …
Remember, it wasn’t all that long ago (not in the whole concept of time) that humans used to be thoroughly entertained whilst watching gladiators battle to the death and yet some of those same European descendants found the Indian’s scalping of “innocent” white man savage. And let us not forget jousting or hate crimes or honor killings (WTF is up with that!!! Where is the honor in hunting and killing your own flesh and blood?). The list goes on … does it not? And The Hunger Games isn’t that far removed – if removed at all – from the barbaric past, let alone future that is, God forbid, ours.
The beginning of the movie looked more like a Nazi controlled world than the promising future that so many of us picture for the human race. And while I will never forget watching Charlton Heston’s face when he witnessed broken Lady Liberty cast away amongst all the other beach trash in whatever fictional year that was, I cannot help but be hopeful that our imminent potential is more optimistic than what was portrayed in The Planet of the Apes let alone The Hunger Games.
Anyway … bear in mind that this is no way was intended to be a “review” … I’m simply not in that business. The Hunger Games was a good movie … and the acting and characters and storyline worked well … BUT, the concept of human sacrifice and its contemporary relevance did not rest well with my soul, and that is where this post developed.
Have you seen the move? Read the book(s)? What do you think??