Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Hunger Games … Does It Leave You Full or Empty?

Movie poster featuring actress Jennifer Lawrence
as Katniss Everdeen in the 2012 movie The Hunger Games
Many people have commented that a machine along the lines of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter is promoting the new series of movies coming to theaters this weekend called The Hunger Games.

That's very true … Hollywood wants this to be the next Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Twilight trilogy, so it can market everything from books and t-shirts to jewelry and even B-movies starring the actors of The Hunger Games in upcoming movies.

Scene indicating fashion in The Hunger Games
The ironic twist to this promotion is that this is the very subject at the heart of The Hunger Games. We market to society so much in this day and age and step slightly over the boundary of what we established just the day before. The Lady Gaga age is upon us.

If I could sum up this book and movie with one sentence … This is what the future will be like if Lady Gaga were President ~ all her fashion, all her ideals, all of her standards for living, loving, and liberty. If you know about Lady Gaga you'll understand what I'm saying here and that even her trademark of "Little Monsters" that she nicknames her fans fits rather nicely into this description.

Pop Singer Lady Gaga at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards wearing a dress made of raw 
meat to show protest for red meat consumption.
If you don't know Lady Gaga … she is the pop singer you read about rather frequently whose songs include highly overt sexual imagery, dresses in lavish and weird clothing, and frequently speaks out on political and social issues like homosexuality and animal rights. She wore a dress made entirely of real raw meat to an awards show and often appears as androgynous ~ heavily covered in hours worth of makeup and clothing props.

The basic plot of The Hunger Games is such …
In an apparently post-apocalyptic Earth where an elitist government claims it has rescued humanity a system is established to select a boy and a girl aged 12 to 18 from the twelve districts by means of "a supposedly fair lottery" to fight to the death on live television. One survivalist, rebel-minded girl volunteers to take the place of her younger sister, when her name is drawn, for the latest match. The future is marked by elitism, high fashion, and no rule or law can't be twisted enough for the purposes of entertainment or a controlled, predetermined outcome.
I don't think this is as Chick Flicky as the series of vampire films; Twilight. It does seem to gather elements from many previous stories, but contains many elements of originality.

The movie features expert acting and as groundbreaking and relevant political satire as Orwell's 1984 & Animal Farm, Huxley's Brave New World, or Golding's Lord Of The Flies.

On a scale from 1-10 … I'd rate this movie an 8.5

I was particularly impressed with the acting job of rock singer, guitar player, Lenny Kravitz. He delivers a truly caring and mentoring role in the movie that I don't know was as necessarily as strongly portrayed in the book. His acting job here was superb!

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