The Hunger Games - Reviews & Discussion

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The Hunger Games

The gf read the book so I watched this with her to be nice. Seeing Woody Harrelson was a delightful surprise. Once the actual "games" part started, I found my self pleasantly surprised by experiencing some modicum of suspense. People say there's an anti-totalitarian bent to it. I guess there is, but it's very dumbed down and not nuanced. Plus, I couldn't give a shit or be bothered to think hard about what I was watching.

:thumbsup: /5

Not worth seeing, but beats the pants off of many other hollywitz productions.
Team Zissou
I did the same thing, to humor the wife and daughter. I pointed out that a society which can generate flesh-eating animals out of dirt by remote command can probably find a way to automate the coal mines and keep everybody well-fed without having to maintain a huge, expensive security force. By the time it got to the Games' "boot camp," the movie was on a par with an old TV after-school special.
Bob Dylan Roof

I think Sailer's take is basically correct. There is no conscious subtext to the film because it merely recapitulates a novel for teenage girls in cinematic form. The wild scramble to discover a subtext likely results from the fact that the film mirrors many of the principles and themes dear to the average American moviegoer's heart: flight from reality through fantasy, wish-fulfillment, rudimentary good vs. evil, mean (white) jocks ganging up on superior, but nevertheless victimized, women and minorities, women being physically and mentally more robust than men, etc. But there is no intended subtext - the film merely reflects the state of middle-American taste and spirituality.

An interesting contrasting view has been voiced by James Bowery over at Majorityrights: