This week, Hubby & I were fortunate enough to get a date night and decided to take advantage of a soon-to-expire Free movie package coupon and go see The Hunger Games.
I didn’t know much about the movie except that it seemed that EVERYONE was talking about it. I knew there were books that I hadn’t read and I usually prefer to read the book before the movie, but realistically I wasn’t getting to read anything anytime soon and I have a whole bunch on my list already including finally reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
I checked online to see what the movie was about and it seemed so disturbing…I had doubts…but decide to go anyway. Found myself wondering about how everyone was talking about going with their kids. Something didn’t jive.
We got to the movie. I have to say that for the first 30-45 minutes I was physically uncomfortable. My stomach was literally turning at the whole concept.
After the first scene of the actual “Games”, I started to ease up & get more ‘into’ the movie. That said, I was still SO uncomfortable with it.
Besides being disturbed by the whole concept, it kept bothering me that such creative thought and energy had been put into this dark idea. I kept seeing similarities between the scenes of this movie and scenes from Holocaust movies.
I realize that may just the point- to remind us that historically human beings have been capable of barbaric behaviour as well as barbaric ‘traditions’. That said. I’m still not OK with it.
Our world is filled with enough darkness all on its own, that I just feel like we should be using our creative energy to seek the light…the wonderful…the amazing. Someone suggested to me the movie is about hope…Maybe so, but I didn’t get that.
And then we have the clincher: This movie is rated ‘G’. Are you kidding me????? There’s NO WAY. The violence alone should nullify this. But it’s not just the violence. The concept, everything about is just….so… NOT ‘G’!
I guess the best message that I got from the movie (and perhaps the whole point of the movie) was when character Gale Hawthorne, played by Liam Hemsworth, states something along the lines of “If nobody watches, then they don’t have a game”. That’s a good and powerful message.
Yet while millions flock to watch the movie, I have to wonder: Why? How similar are we to the ‘fancy faces’ in The Hunger Games?
As I said to a friend via Facebook: If G=Gastrointestinal discomfort with the entire concept, then I guess I’d rate it a ‘G’. Otherwise, the G rating is completely unacceptable.
So there you have it. Glad I got it out.
I know that I’m probably standing quite alone here since the movie’s a huge success, but as you know, I write how I REALLY feel. I just can’t bring myself to agree with all the positive feedback surrounding this movie. A friend suggested that I might feel different had I read the books. I’ll concede to maybe…but I really don’t think so.
Until then, I will surround myself with as much positivity and happiness as I can. And I will put my creative energy and spirit into positive endeavours.
Happiness Project: Here I come!!!
Have you seen the movie? What did you think? Did you or would you take your kids? I’d love to hear what you have to say!
Happy weekend everyone!