The Hunger Games anticipation is mounting. With movie trailers, a massive mall tour and non-stop media coverage, the buzz about The Hunger Games is HUGE! Add that to the millions of young readers of Suzanne Collins‘ popular novels and you have a major box office hit on your hands. That is, if you don’t ruin it. When filmmakers adapt a book, they often make changes and try “improve” a popular book, they usually ruin what make the book popular in the first place. Let’s see what Gary Ross does with this movie.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland and Lenny Kravitz star in The Hunger Games, the much-anticipated movie about a future North America left in the ruins. Each year, the evil Capitol, known as Panem forces each of its 12 districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games.
What I Am Anxious to See in The Hunger Games
Living in a dystopian society in what used be the Appalachian area of North America, Katniss Everdeen is a 16-year old girl who takes on responsiblity beyond her years when her father dies, leaving the family without financial support. Even though it is against the law, Katniss goes into the woods with her friend Gale to hunt for food to feed her younger sister and her mother.
One of the reasons why many young girls could identify with the character of Katniss is because she was not the pretty girl, she was sometimes unsure of herself and a bit awkward with boys.
With the casting of the beautiful, curvaceous 21-year-old, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss I am not sure how much a teen-age girls will identify with this actress. Of course, you know how I feel about the casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. I hope Gary Ross can make this work for me.
Katniss is a hunter. Her skills with the bow and arrow helped to feed her family. In the Hunger Games those skills help to keep her alive. It is hard to believe that Suzanne Collins included the descriptions of the brutality in the battles in a book intended for teenage girls. But that is what makes The Hunger Games so different from other Young Adult Fiction, like Twilight. The heroine is not a wimpy love-sick female, waiting for a boyfriend to save her. Katniss can handle her business!
The Muttations (aka mutts) , are genetically altered animals created by The Capitol to be used as weapons, for spying and other evil activities to control the people in the Districts. I want to see the JabberJays, the Mocking Jays and especially the Tracker Jackers, the deadly wasps whose stings raise huge lumps on their victims, and their venom causes hallucinations that can drive people to madness. Wolf-like animal, poisonous butterflies and other creatures will satisfy my sci-fi tastes.
The Capital Fashions
Effie Trinket (played by Elizabeth Banks), with her pink hair and colorful makeup and Ceasar Flickerman with his matching blue hair and blue outfits are the epitome of Capital Fashion. With hats, buttons and bows that would make Lady Gaga look under-dressed, the fashions worn by The Capital residents are outlandish, colorful and way over the top.
In contrast to the fantastical outfits worn by the residents of The Capital, are the battle uniforms worn by the Tributes. I foresee quite a few fashion trends coming out of this movie. Let’s hope it’s not Effie’s pink hair.
The Creepiness of President Snow
Don Sutherland is cast perfectly as President Snow. In the novels, you get a sense of his dark, evil side, masked by the sickening smell of roses. This is a man who will do anything to hold on to his power.
There are 24 Tributes, a boy and a girl from each of the 12 Districts who participate in The Hunger Games each year. Rue, the young girl from District 11, Glimmer, Cato and Thresh all play vital roles in this story and in Katniss’ survival.
The Future of Reality TV
A twisted punishment for the people of Panem for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight to the death until one survivor remains. This is more violent than any episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I am not a big fan of reality TV, but at least I can change the channel. Even the poorest resident of Panem must watch this TV show, because the viewing screens are everywhere. In the town square, on every channel, everywhere, they even fly overhead.
We are just one week away from the Hunger Games. Have you read The Hunger Games novels by Suzanne Collins? Are you planning to see the movie?