I’m going to talk of a movie based on a horrifyingly violent book marketed to small children. I know that Hollywood’s greed is as great as their penchant for presenting graphic violence, horror, and gore to the smallest and most vulnerable people who have no filters to protect themselves. It is a horror, it is morally insane. I have a feeling that this time is serious. They crossed all their limits. The movie is masterly crafted to involve even you, the modern spectator in a futuristic worse than a 1984 scenario of gladiators arena, where the slaves drought from “the people” are tributes. You can be hooked by this blockbuster which grossed over $155 Millions in the first weekend, and now crossing the $250 Million established as a marker for the entire first sequel. As my visitors may notice, it’s the first time I’m writing so early on a recent release. What is art is art, to write something exceptional is artistic, is brilliant, if others recognize it as valuable, it’ll remain in the annals, it’ll be awarded like William Golding was, for something cruel, referring to minors. It’s amazing how the PG labels and interdiction work in regard with American movie market.
Not a single four letter word in the whole over two hours movie, not a breast, not even yet a sexual explicit scene, and the movie became “clean” to the minors. The morality of it? No discussion of this. It is depicting actual society, with all it’s rules. It presents our society with a lot of it’s subliminal flashy symbols. I’m sure there is a sort of click somewhere. I’m watching a movie normally with a lot of passion. No matter if I don’t like the actors sometimes or they are my favorites, I always appreciate the artistic side, the talent, the mastery. What can I say more than that I found the movie brilliant in all aspects? This: “The Hunger Games” takes place in a dystopian future where the poor and wretched masses live under the high tech tyranny of a wealthy elite. Do we know that maybe this group can manipulate the weather and “natural” phenomena with actually high tech undisclosed yet to the masses? The Washington Times, as well Independent Tribune, states that the story has Christian themes, such as that of self-sacrifice, which is found in Katniss’ substitution for her younger sister, analogous to the sacrifice of Jesus as a substitute for the atonement of sins. Has it?
Now, there are a few major discrepancies between the novel and the movie, which maybe they’ll try to repair or to modify altogether in the next sequels, but I’m writing about the screening here. Suzanne Collins, the book’s author is also a producer, so she knew maybe better. She told her interviewers that she inspired for the novel by watching TV, surfing the channels. As I said earlier, it’s depicting reality (in a sick way, of course). A lot of talent in the movie, Jennifer Lawrence, an Oscar nominee, Woody Harrelson, Banks from “making a porno as Miri” to young adult drama, Lenny Kravitz, Josh Hutcherson and Hanna Montana’s boyfirend (if they’re still together the moment I’m writing this), Liam Hemsworth.
This movie is a money maker. User generated content is one of the hottest trends in social marketing and Hunger Games fans are encouraged to submit videos about how much they love the movie. Fans then forward the videos to friends and the excitement grows. The promotion started in June 2011 on Facebook and MTV, both very youth oriented, continuing on YouTube, with the same success. The excitement grew of course with the book trilogy being offered almost free on Amazon and not only, but less of the book’s owners actually read it. Forbes calls it a bona fide money machine, bigger than Twilight, maybe trying to equal Harry Potter. But since Twilight or Harry Potter aren’t morally controversial, this one is more than that. Am I praising it? If The Emperor of Flies was a metaphor, hence awarded by some Academy with dynamite royalties, The Hunger Games, where the ritualistic death of young people chosen from the mass is sold as a sporting event, a nation-wide celebration that is packaged as a reality show, looks more like an atrocity. Not only do the “poor” people participate in these events, they even cheer for their favorites. I’m not disclosing more.
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