Hunger Games reviews should be mixed among ages, genders
By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor
“The Hunger Games” opens today in theaters across the country, a movie that features hunting as an intimate part of the 16-year old main character’s life and plot.
According to CNN’s story, “The Hunger Games” is the wildly popular trilogy of dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins – and the narrator is not a stereotypical camouflage-clad hunter; she’s a 16-year-old girl. The eagerly anticipated first film of the series hits theaters on March 23, and with the growing popularity of protagonist Katniss Everdeen, aims to shoot down conventional ideas of people who hunt.”
As I drove home last night after dropping off our 16-year old daughter to meet friends for the midnight screening, I wondered if this latest “hot movie” would be a dud, something so-so, or as breathlessly profound as some are making it out to be.
“Showing the side of …” or “transforming …” or “enlightning those who don’t …” often are PR lingo used to hype something. Hollyweird is masterful at creating hype, so that’s nothing new. We’ve all heard about books, movies, music or some other event or activity that supposedly was life-changing and turned out to be a bomb. Or, it actually did live up to the hype.
“A River Runs Through It” comes to my mind. Incredibly well done on screen, it’s one of my favorite movies. It sparked some national interest in fly fishing, albeit with some controversy. There were some – many, perhaps – who said dolled-up Orvis Boys trying the hot new fad would come flailing amid streams and eventually give up. They were right. But some of ’em stayed, too, and that was good for the sport. Such is the way of entertainment media’s impact on society.
Will “The Hunger Games” positively influence teenage girls (and maybe some guys) toward hunting by eliminating some of the stereotypes? Or will the media-saturated and, quite honestly, media-savvy teens see the hunting aspect as uninteresting, part of a movie and merely something to talk about at the school lunch table?
My guess is there may be, as always, a little of both.
Read the CNN story about “The Hunger Games” movie here: Click this link
UPDATE: This morning I asked our daughter, who has not read “The Hunger Games” novel, for her thoughts about the movie and this was the extent of our brief discussion before she jaunted off to school:
“It was really good. I liked it a lot. It was easy to follow (without reading the book). The only thing about hunting in it was that she could shoot a bow.”
And, that was it.