What Can I Say About The Hunger Games?

***Will Contain Spoilers***

Yes, I’m a little late to jump on the whole Katniss/Peeta/Gale bandwagon…and just as soon as I finish this, I’m jumping right back off again.

Let me start off by saying that, after reading some reviews, I chose to not watch this movie. I guess I hadn’t paid enough attention to the media, which isn’t really anything new for me. I don’t know half the movies that come out every year. But I guess I didn’t realize exactly how this tale went. Once I did, forget it. It’s not a subject I choose to support.

And I was totally okay with that decision, until my daughter first nagged me to rent it…and then to watch it.

So…

Tonight I popped the disk into my computer, sat back, and let it roll. It didn’t take long, seeing the fear of the kids ‘eligible’ to participate in the games for me to know I wasn’t going to enjoy this at all.

Sure, the acting was great. The action and suspense never let up, and the script was really good, too. The producers pulled off what they set out to do.

To create a film designed to portray what it would be like in a world where it’s acceptable to make a sport of murdering children.

Some of the highlights, things I actually liked include Woody Harrelson’s character. I also loved Lenny Kravitz. And that’s about it. Everyone else, no matter how good or likeable they were, are associated with things so wrong, it’ll be a miracle if I don’t have nightmares when I fall asleep.

One general observation. What is it about futuristic series and movies…and their funky hair and clothing styles? Makes me really glad to be living in this day and age.

And now for the spoiler. The reason I hate this movie passionately. In a word…a little girl. Okay, so that was three words.

When a story has such a horrifying premise, you can’t help but hope that the people will rise up and put a stop to it. That’s what I was hoping for from the beginning. And when Rue was actually killed, after the writers made me love her, I’d had enough. The only reason I finished watching it was so I’d have more reasons to argue my point.

No offense to anyone who loved the story, but what kind of society are we that something like kids killing kids is ever acceptable. I don’t care if it’s in movies or books. How can that ever be right?

If this was going on in real country today, we’d be screaming foul…and demanding governments around the world put a stop to it. By any means available.

I’m sorry, but as a mother, I found the entire movie to be offensive.

And now I’m going to go be bummed out about Rue.

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