When The Hunger Games that Suzanne Collins first came out, I doubted the hype. I avoided those books for years, choosing instead to read regularly in my favorite genres, contemporary, romance, and thriller. But as it always happens, I finally decided that I wasn’t the only one who was uneducated. So I bought the first book in a three book series.
And the joke was in my head. I ate it one day. I can’t wait to get my hands on the others. I ordered right away and read them as quickly as I read the first one. I went to the midnight screenings for all four movies. I even bought a copy The Hunger Games when it comes out on DVD.
I’m very hungry. And when I read the book before the release of Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes in the year 2020, I’m not at all surprised that they did what I remembered. So when is the best time to watch a movie than when trailer for Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes have you failed?
In one weekend, I transferred myself to Panem. Here’s what I think of the movie, eight years later:
The division between the capital and the provinces is real
The Hunger Games takes place in Panem, a country in the ruins of North America with a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve remote regions. The Capitol relies heavily on the resources provided by the provinces and claims that, in return, it protects the provinces from war.
I always knew that the wealth in the Capitol was too much. But watching the movie now, I can’t cross the border that the people in the Capitol have over the citizens of District 12. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) have to risk crossing the border of District 12 so that they can chase let them have enough food. The Capitol also has so much food they can’t eat it all. The buildings in District 12 were running so fast that Katniss couldn’t help but admire the train she was taking to the Capitol. I mean, we all remember Effie’s famous line when Katniss drove the knife into the table, don’t we? “That’s mahogany!”
As an adult, it’s easy to see the parallels between Panem and the world we live in. As in the Capitol, the wealthiest among us have more than they could ask for. And just like in the region, the poorest among us will struggle to survive.
The games are interesting—but they’re also relaxing
While reading and watching The Hunger Games When you’re a teenager, you do it from Katniss’s point of view. But when you watch the show as an adult, it’s impossible to imagine yourself as a 17-year-old who survived a fight to the death and inspired change. So when I’m interested in the technology of the game—the ability of the gamemakers to throw anything from fire to genetically engineer wasps to the tax system and the intelligence of the clock in the Quarter Quell—my heart beats as fast as I watching. sports. The idea that a government would punish its citizens by forcing its children to kill themselves on live TV is truly disturbing. I found myself hiding behind a blanket during the bleeding edge when the game started and freaking out when Thresh and Cato were killed by the mutts.
Katniss has people on her side
In a series with a show like this, it’s easy to imagine that not one adult keeps his head on straight or even seems to care about what’s going on with the kids. But watching the movie as an adult made me think more about the situations that adults are put in. It made me realize that Katniss has people who are looking for her.
There’s Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Katniss’ mentor. While he relies on alcohol to destroy his own memories of the game, he gives Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) life-saving advice and does his best to get them back. support. Then there’s Effie (Elizabeth Banks), the tax collector of District 12. Although Effie’s hair and clothes make her less attractive than everyone else in the Capitol, she has a duty to collect taxes. head, getting taxed every time he knows he’s going to die. We really see Effie’s feelings when she speaks kindly to Katniss and Peeta before the Quarter Quell, telling them both that they “deserve better.”
But most of all, there is Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Katniss’ artist. Cinna immediately decides that a brave girl like Katniss shouldn’t be wearing a gauzy, gray dress. Instead, it turns Katniss into the fire girl. More than anything else, it is Cinna’s dress that draws attention to Katniss, makes her a favorite in the Capitol and gives her a real glow in the game.
I’m still Team Peeta, but I don’t care much about the love triangle now
When this series was the most popular, everyone wanted to talk about it whether they were Team Peeta or Team Gale. And I gladly participated in these discussions. I mean, Gale is Katniss’ best friend, but obviously. Katniss would have definitely died rather than kill Peeta. How can he love her?
And while I still love Peeta, I can’t help but think back to an old interview in which Willow Shields, the actress who plays Katniss’s sister, Prim, asks whether it’s Team Peeta or Team Look. His response? It’s Team Katniss. That’s the strength I hope we all bring to this series now.
The most important love story is not romance
Whether you like Peeta or Gale, there is a love story here that is more important than both: Katniss’s love for her sister, Prim. After all, the story begins when Katniss volunteered for Prim when her name was called in the garden, unable to bear the thought of her sister dying in the game. And when Katniss says goodbye to Prim before leaving the game herself, Prim asks Katniss to “try to win, if you can.” Throughout the series, Katniss always makes decisions based on her love for Prim, saying that she will do anything to survive for the sake of her sister. There is no one in the world Katniss loves more than Prim.
A final thought
Ten years ago, The Hunger Games is my favorite dystopian YA series. And now, he still holds that title. I will always be fascinated by the world Suzanne Collins created and how it was brought to the screen. So if you’re looking for a series full of adventure and romance or you just want to take a trip down memory lane, I recommend watching these four movies on Hulu. After all, we should prepare for the story of President Coriolanus Snow Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes when it hits theaters in november, don’t we?