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Let there be no doubt. I love the Hunger Games series and thus I always get scared before going to watch a new one. With all the other movies of the same genre, The Maze Runner and Divergent, coming out and falling far outside the Wow-zone, why shouldn’t The Hunger Games stumble and fall?

It just never does.

The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 Poster with Katniss Jennifer Lawrence

Hell yes, I would be a warrior if I could look this fierce!

What is this film?

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” is the third installment, in other words the third book that now gets the compulsory treatment of being dragged out into two movies. And somehow this doesn’t make me so sad as overcome with joy. Because I don’t want it to be over.

If you haven’t watched “The Hunger Games” yet then just do me a favour and start, even if you are outside the young adult demografic. It is so much better than its demographic..

We start where the last movie abruptly ended. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence, the one who tripped at the Oscars) has just been rescued from the Games and is now stuck between a rock and a hard place. All she wants is to save Peeta, who didn’t get saved from the Games, although that was the original deal she had made. She doesn’t want to be a symbol of the republic.

But everyone else wants her to be the Mockingjay they all need.

 

Is it any good?

“The Hunger Games” can do no wrong, at least not when it comes to me.

Where other movies are predicable, Hunger Games movies always manage to surprise me, even though the choice in storyline isn’t necessarily groundbreaking. Where other movies have nagging and whining heroines, Katniss manages to cry and whine a bunch with me only thinking that she damn well has good reason to cry and whine. I mean, her whole world has turned to shit and it’s out of her control.

Although she tries her best to control as much as she can.

And where other movies just creates a world, the world of Hunger Games has a lot of interesting political, cultural and social commentary and satire that makes it that much more interesting to delve deep and start thinking about our own world. I mean, would you watch Hunger Games if they started to show it on TV?

And best of all, it always manages at some point to suspense me to the edge of my toes.

There aren’t a lot of movies who can do that these days.

 

The harsh reality of being an icon

An interesting aspect of the Hunger Game movies are how they go under the skin of the “celebrity”-world. How are celebrities created and maintained? How much fun is it really to be one? How much of what we see in the media is true? How much of it is staged? These elements are crucial to be aware of, especially for young adults whose only ambition in life is “to be famous”.

What makes Katniss the ultimate heroine of course is that she can’t act. The media stategist actually have to put her in the middle of all the hardship and war for her to speak as Mockingjay, the revolutionary character that she has to become to inspire a whole world to rise up and take a stand against District One.

This fact is an excellent juxtaposition to her otherwise very selfish thoughts. Because don’t think that Katniss really wants to be a hero for the better of all mankind. She knows being a hero is a shit job. She just wants to save the ones she loves. And they just want to save the cat 😉

 

Is it worth a cinema ticket?

If you haven’t watched any of the other Hunger Games movies, I would watch those first. I think you probably will understand what is going on just from watching this film on its own, but the truth is that you will ruin the effect of the previous two movies and you really shouldn’t go your life without this experience. Even if it is on your cheap ass 55″, flat screen LED-TV 😉

If you have already watched Hunger Games, you know that these are movies that deserve a great, big-ass screen and Dolby Atmos to proper drag you into this world of districts, vast social differences and advanced technology. It is made for the cinema experience. So get going!

 

What mood should you be in?

You don’t need to be in a specific mood to enjoy Hunger Games. There is action, there is romance, there are jokes both light-hearted and sarcastic and there is the escape into a world so different from our own yet still so similar which in and of itself helps us understand and criticise how we go about our own business.

You just need to be in the mood to watch a movie, really.

 

Further Watching

If you’re not in love with Jennifer Lawrence after watching all the Hunger Games movies, then I declare something is wrong with you. And most likely you don’t like the movies either.

If, like anyone normal, you love Miss Lawrence, you should check out some of her other movies. I would recommend to start with her Oscar-award-winning performance in “Silver Linings Playblook” (2012) where she stretches her acting muscles against Bradley Cooper (the cute guy in the Hangover movies) with some psychological issues and such.

Or, you could start with one of the early movies that put her on the map as an actress to watch, the chilling, and unnerving “Winter’s Bone“.

For another movie on creating a war through media manipulation, check out “Wag the Dog” (1997) where americans create a fictional war in the media to cover up a sex scandal involving the president in the time before reelection. Hilarious!

 

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Jennifer Lawrence even has her own TV-Crew with her in her films :D

Jennifer Lawrence even has her own TV-Crew with her in her films 😀

Who am I?

I’m a freelance writer who likes to go to the movies. But I don’t like it when I waste my money on a bad film. I need to bitch about those movies.

If I see a movie that is absolutely worth the trip to town, 130 NOK ticket (£13/$20), popcorn and drink expenditure, then I need to rave about it!

And since I want to watch all the movies in the world, you can waste less of your time, check in with me and only watch the good ones.

In these New Release blog posts, I will pick a movie currently in the cinema in Norway at random, and tell you if it was worth a cinema ticket. It might be good, but does it deserve so much of your time and money, and does it benefit from a big screen and a huge crowd?

I actually buy tickets myself (unless I can get my boyfriend to be generous) and don’t have the luxury of being invited to pre-screenings, so my New Releases will be a bit late. Hopefully they will still be in a cinema near you 😉

 

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

 

Where can you find the film?

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” was released on 21st of November and is still on as of today. It even has a black page on Imdb, whatever that means.

Want to get my next blog post? Follow my blog and get an email next week when I will hopefully get around to watch number 6 on the Imdb top 250 list, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I watched half of it and couldn’t take the slow pace so now have to force myself to watch the rest at some point. In the mean time, check out number 5, “Pulp Fiction”. Does it stil deserve to be on the top 250 list?

Sometimes you need to watch something that will shake you to your core. Something that doesn’t involve any magic or blatant fiction. Something that is so realistic, you kind of forget that it is indeed fiction you are watching.

“Winter’s Bone” will slowly and gradually hit you hard with an ice cold, bleak and hopeless look that escalates into infinity.

Poster of "Winter's Bone" with Jennifer Lawrence

Chilly and harsh, just like the movie

***NO SPOILERS***

What is this movie?

“Winter’s Bone” (2010) follows the 17 year-old Ree (who else but Jennifer Lawrence) who lives in a hillbilly-gangster reality where her actions keep spiralling her constantly towards an unthinkable reality.

Ree is trying to find her father (he has been gone for some time) to avoid being kicked out of her home where she lives with her depressed and non-functional mother and adorable but helpless siblings. On her quest to find out where her father has gone, she bumps into people and situations that she really shouldn’t bother with her questions.

“Winter’s Bone” is a title borrowed from an Appalachian saying that goes; “like a dog digging after a winter’s bone”, which is someone on a mission who refuses to give up.

It is based on a book by Daniel Woodrell, which apparently has even more horrible things happen than there was room for in the movie, although the undertones are there. At least I wasn’t surprised when I read what was omitted.

Do people say it’s good?

Given that “Winter’s Bone” was a big winner at Sundance (all indie filmmakers will know) AND it snagged a four Oscar nominations, among them for Best Picture, I guess you can say that at least critics and people who work with film loved it.

Notably, it was the lowest grossing film to be nominated for Best Picture since “The Dresser” in 1983, which basically means that people in genereal didn’t care for it (or at least they didn’t care for the poster).

It has a distinctly “independent” film-look about it where all is miserable and the futures are bleak.

This is true somewhat true, and I will tell you right now that you will need to sit through some scenes which are slow, quiet and not at all instantly compelling.

And with the film being set in a cold, bare, almost tundra-ish sort of countryside where everyone does drugs and all is lost, there really isn’t any cheering up to be had, and you might consider caving in and turning on that new romantic comedy that you haven’t lowered your standards to see just yet.

But please don’t. Hang in there. It will get infinitely better.

Do I think it is good?

I pushed trough the initial worry of watching a low-budget, film festival film, and boy was I rewarded for that.

What the movie builds up to is beyond words and description. You have to experience it to believe it. Just know that when Ree starts looking for her dad properly, it will eventually get so dark that you will question human beings as a species.

I truly hope these people don’t exist in the real world in some shape or form, but I am afraid that they probably do.

“Winter’s Bone” delivers such a chill in your spine and paints a realism that will shock to your core. To put it this way, I would not want to live in this horrific white trash dystopia.

I was 100% frightened by this film.

The Epic Jennifer Lawrence

This movie would be nothing if it weren’t for Jennifer Lawrence. As a 19 year-old at the time, she really pulled her acting talent out of the bag and made the character Ree dignified and relatable. This was to be her first Oscar nomination, and I am sure it won’t be her last (since she has been nominated or won every year since).

Funny thing is that Lawrence had to proper make herself dirty and sickly to get the part, as she was originally deemed “too pretty” and not really in the running. Once she got to be Ree, she had to learn random skills like chopping wood, fighting and skinning squirrels (will always come in handy that).

The quote that resonates in my head after watching, is Ree’s adament life rule:

Don’t ask for what ought to be offered

The social realism

I have mentioned it before, but I will state it again, the realism in this movie is tangible. I don’t know anything about country life in the US, but I am now inclined to believe that everyone deals with drugs and otherwise have next to no money or any future to speak of. That is how convincing it is.

It is the first movie that has made me feel safe for living in an urban area rather than a rural one.

It is worth mentioning that a lot of the extras and even some of the bigger parts in the movie, are from Missouri where they shot the film, and have never acted in anything before. With a good director, this kind of casting can be golden, as it is in this movie.

What mood should you be in?

You need to be in the mood for something that is going to be paced slowly, with no off-screen music to speak of (that I can remember although apparently there is some) and no fancy nothing. Just let it get where it wants to go in the time it needs.

It will be worth it. That is a promise.

And if nothing else, you have just seen the movie that made everyone notice Jennifer Lawrence. How mighty hipster of you 😉

Further Watching

If you are in a self-abusive kind of mood, or you just want to see some more of people who are worse off than you, continue with stark social realism and have a look at “Mysterious Skin” (2004) with a young Joseph Gordon-Lewitt, or take a peak at “Precious” (2009) which also is a little slow, but really gets to your heart.

But perhaps you aren’t suicidal and can’t bear the thought of two movies like this in a row…

Then I suggest another way. The JayLaw Way!

By now, if you weren’t already, you will be smitten with Jennifer Lawrence and want some more. I would recommend Silver Linings Playbook (2012), which actually did get her an Oscar (when she ever so gracefully stumbled in her dress on her way to accept the award), but I am also a sucker for “The Hunger Games” (2012,2013 and 2014) and cannot wait for the third instalment this winter.

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Next week I will look at number 5 on the ImdB top 250, “Pulp Fiction”. In the mean time, check out number 4, “The Dark Knight”.

Still of Jennifer Lawrence from "Winter's Bone"

Jennifer Lawrence, only 19 in “Winter’s Bone”, carries this heavy movie on her shoulders pretty much by herself

Who am I?

I’m a freelance writer who likes to watch movies. I watch Netflix a lot and sometimes there is a long way between the really good movies, whether good means entertaining or profound.

To help you avoid watching all the crap I have had to endure, I will give you some hidden gems or best movies of Netflix right here every month.

Want another good Netflix movie? Check out the great animation “Brave”!

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies that will make these reviews beneficial to you, whether you follow my advice or not 😉

Where can you find the film?

All movies in this Netflix-series can be found in the Norwegian Netflix Catalogue, which is the one I have access to.

If you can’t find it on your local Netflix? File a complaint, they really should have it 😉

If you like what I write, please give me your favourite movie in the comments or sign-up to read my next blog post 😉

No. Although my boyfriend will disagree with me, so I guess if you like action regardless of story, then you won’t mind spending the cash.

I will follow the fold of comments already out there, and state that you probably should already have watched (and loved) the previous X-Men films to have any sort of enjoyment from this latest instalment.

And to be honest, you probably won’t need to watch it in the cinema, unless you want to support the franchise so they can get better direction and script for the next one.

 

Poster of X-men: Days of Future Pasts

The future and past founding fathers of X-Men. And Wolverine and Mystique who just never die. Ever. Maybe Mystique should get her own film too. At least now when she is played by JLaw

 

What is this film?

“X-Men: Days of Future Pasts” is the latest addition to a long line of X-Men films. If you count the Wolverine spin-offs, this will make it the seventh in total, the second of the reinvented X-Men where the story started from the beginning.

It is directed by Bryan Singer, who directed the first two films of the original trilogy. This initially gave me some hope that this film would recover what was lacking from “X-Men: First Class”, a movie that I found so bad I couldn’t shut up about it in the cinema. My boyfriend was thoroughly annoyed.

There are too many familiar faces in this movie, I will just name them by their character names.

 

Where does this movie start?

“X-Men: First Class” left us with Charles Xavier wheelchair bound after Magneto (also named Eric Lensherr) accidentally bends a bullet into his spine. He is determined to start a school for mutants. Magneto has left with a whole bunch of the other mutants, including Mystique.

“X-Men: Days of Future Pasts” starts with a gang of mutants we don’t already know who defeat some crazy, adaptable robots by transporting one of their party’s consciousness back in time to warn them of the attack.

The old gang of mutants from the original trilogy, find out about this skill and want to use it to send Wolverine back in time. He is to prevent the incidents that led to the rise in mutant hostility and the production of the robots that have now made nearly all mutants instinct.

Wolverine travels back to a moment in between “X-Men: First Class” and the original movies, so there is some time there where only comic book fans will know what was going on.

 

Is it worth a cinema ticket?

You would think that a large franchise like X-Men, with their spectacular effects and even 3D, would in it self make me want to recommend that you buy a ticket. And that was my presumption when I chose this movie for this month’s “Is it worth a cinema ticket?” entry.

Alas, this is not the case.

They forget that I want to feel something. Specifically I want to feel the community and friendship that made me want to go to Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters in the first films. That’s what made me want to be a mutant. That is what made me love the franchise.

I realize that the school is not up and running, and that where there before was a clean-cut divide between Xavier and his students, and Magneto and his minions, it is now a blur of different shades of grey as to who is with whom, who is good or bad.

But it should still be possible to find other elements that will drive home those feelings that this movie sorely needs.

 

Is it worth a 3D cinema ticket?

The 3D is not put to any good use other than to vamp up the ticket price. And that is only a benefit for everyone else but you.

I know that cheesy 3D effects make you loose the plot, are inadvisable and frankly belong in a theme park, but when you are surrounded by mutants with all different kinds of powers that involve things hovering in the air, I do find it odd that I didn’t find the 3D beneficial.

Just 2D it and buy a bigger size popcorn.

 

Is it entertaining?

My boyfriend loved it to bits. But then again he loved “X-Men First Class” so he is obviously blinded when it comes to X-Men (sorry beau).

To me, the fact that he loves it, is another notch in favour of the fact that only people who have already seen and loved the X-Men franchise, will recognize enough elements in the story to be satisfied.

There is a lot of: “Oh, who is that one again?”, “I loved that in the old ones”, “Yeah that ties up neatly with [insert fact].”

However, there is nothing wrong with making a movie just for the fans. As long as you have enough fans.

 

Why isn’t the movie good enough?

I love all the actors in the film; James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, and of course all the other characters from the old universe.

So, this movie has all the pieces that I need to love a movie: great concept, exceptional talent and interesting relationship dynamics. They just don’t quite get there.

I want this movie to be better than it is. I want it to achieve the greatness of the reinvented Star Trek franchise. I want to be enraptures, sucked in, a believer.

Instead I am left mildly entertained and wanting to watch the old movies one more time to remember how good it used to be.

Fail.

 

What mood should you be in?

Unfortunately, the only mood you will be in need of is “Braindead Action Movie Mood”.

Perhaps be prepared for a slightly complex understanding of time travel and how that works in this film. It is fairly interesting and does create a sense of urgency towards the end.

 

Cool new mutant powers

For us who haven’t read the comic books, it is always a treat to see what kind of new powers we will witness in action. And it is often surprising powers that prove the most useful in combat situations.

Blink, an Asian mutant from the futuristic group of X-Men, can open portals anywhere. Now, this might only sound cool for escape situations or a lovely, flight-free vacation, but I will have you know that lil’ miss Blink knows how to use those powers to basically make every evil robot kill themselves.

In addition, we are introduced to Peter Quicksilver, who is very fast. And boy can you have fun with people when you are very fast. You can even break into the Pentagon, which in this plot is inherently useful and highly entertaining.

I, for one, also have some more respect for what Xavier can do with his powers. The visualisation of telepathic powers has been kicked up a notch compared to the old films. They come across cooler than before (although they are inherently the same).

Xavier is also not a 100 % good character in the new movie, a refreshing touch. I even read that there are some X-Men stories where he goes really dark, a dark side he constantly struggles to suppress. Now that would be something to watch.

 

Further watching

I did an X-Men marathon this week because of this film. I needed to be reminded of why I love these characters and that I did.

Which mutant power would you like to have (you can only have one)? I’m liking this portal conjuring power.

Next week I will take a look at a “Guilty Pleasure” movie. I define a “Guilty Pleasure” movie as a movie not considered great, often of the romantic comedy, comedy, slasher horror or brain-dead action persuasion, but which for some reason makes you watch it over and over again.

I will try and identify the elements of a “Guilty Pleasure” movie that make you want to watch them again and again and again.

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The Young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) tries to open the Cerebro, where he can connect telepathically to any human on earth, after years of using a drug that favours his legs over his abilities.

The Young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) tries to open the Cerebro, where he can connect telepathically to any human on earth, after years of using a drug that favours his legs over his abilities.

 

Who am I?

I a freelance writer who likes to go to the movies. But I don’t like it when I waste my money on a bad film. I need to bitch about those movies. If I see a movie that is absolutely worth the trip to town, 130 NOK ticket (£13/$20), popcorn and drink expenditure, then I need to rave about it! And since I want to watch all the movies in the world, you can waste less of your time, check in with me and only watch the good ones.

In these New Release blog posts, I will pick a movie in the theatre in Norway at random, and tell you if it was worth a cinema ticket. It might be good, but does it deserve your time and money, and does it benefit from a big screen and a huge crowd?

I actually buy tickets myself (unless I can get my boyfriend to be generous) and don’t have the luxury of being invited to pre-screenings, so my New Releases will be a bit late. Hopefully they will still be in a cinema near you 😉

 

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

 

Where can you find the film?

“X-Men: Days of Future Pasts” was released in Norway last Friday (23rd of May), and given the grand franchise, I don’t think we were late in release, so it should be in a local cinema anywhere.

The rest of the X-Men series can be found in practical box-sets for next to no money (it is 399 NOK for all 6 of them on Blu-Ray in my local DVD shop Platekompaniet)

 

If you like what I write, please give me a shout in the comments or sign-up to read my next “Guilty Pleasure” blog post next week 😉

Hunger Games Poster

Hunger Games Poster

So, I was wondering what to watch next for reviewing purposes, and then I stumbled upon the trailer for “Hunger Games 2 – Catching Fire” and I realized that I STILL had not watched “Hunger Games”.

I am slightly odd when it comes to watching movies. Sometimes, I need to watch it right away to form an opinion of my own and join in on the discussion. Other times I will shun the movie like the plague until everyone else has forgotten about it so that all the wooplah and woodilido of the media doesn’t ruin my experience. I often do this with big teenage franchises. I did it with “Twilight” in the hopes that I would watch it at a time and a place that would make me like it. I watched it during a girls night with red wine, chocolate and a bunch of friends (my own age) who love the Twilight movies. And I STILL didn’t like it. So there you go. Bad movie. Or at least badly cast which essentially renders the entire experience bad.

You’re probably getting the feeling that I am going to parallell my Twilight experience to my Hunger Games one, and indeed you are correct. They are both franchises of multiple films targeted at teenaged girls whom (apparently) long to be desired by multiple boy characters in a world similar, yet different to our own.

The one huge, vast, insurmountable, and at times incomprehensible difference between the two is…that I absolutely LOVE Hunger Games 😀 And I’ll come clean right off the bat, I have not read the books. So I love this story untarnished by any visions I might have had should I have read the book first. And you should be thankful about that. You should also be thankful that all Harry Potter films have been released and I am unlikely to review them, as it would take a book for me to explain how much I hate the Harry Potter films. But pleasantly unaware as to what deviates between the book and the film, I am able to love Hunger Games like one loves a freshly baked papaya and lychee muffin (cause you haven’t tried it before;)

Jennifer Lawrence looking very serious and oh so cool with her bow and arrow.

Jennifer Lawrence looking very serious and oh so cool with her bow and arrow.

The number one reason why I love Hunger Games comes with a serious, yet determined facial expression, but still a twinkle behind those blue/green eyes that makes her a whole different class of actress than the rest (read Kristen Stewart). Yes, I am talking about now Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence who apparently doesn’t prepare for her roles, as she likes “in-the-moment-acting”. Jennifer Lawrence whom I got a crush on in “Silver Linings Playbook”. Jennifer Lawrence whom, I am certain, would have made even me enjoy the Twilight movies (anything but Kristen would do really). And let’s just admit it, how freaking cool is a bow and arrow. And how cool is it that a female is aces at hitting targets with it. Ever since I tried archery in Mongolia and found that years of watching movies actually had built in me an instinctive understanding of how to draw it (sounds easy, but I was the only one who got the arrow further than a couple of meters), I have had fantasies about having a bow and getting unmistakably good at hitting targets. Thus heroine with bow really hit me hard.

What is the most satisfying about watching Jennifer acting is knowing that she is only 22, and unless she ruins her life with drugs, which at the moment seems unlikely, she will give us a whole new level of brilliant acting. Prediction declared.

And look out for the scene where Katniss is showing off her skills to the drunken and easily distracted possible sponsors. It is a stunning visual metaphor on the contemporary attention span and perfectly illustrates how quickly one can go from celebrity to unknown and then back again to celebrity. And that just in a few short minutes.

The difference between being dressed in District 1 (left) and District 12 (right)

The difference between being dressed in District 1 (left) and District 12 (right)

As a fan of science fiction and fantasy, I always appreciate how a foreign world can put so many of our own issues and problems in a new perspective and make you think about our own world in different way. For instance, in the world of Hunger Games, there are 12 districts where each district specializes in something, the higher the number, the further away from the capital the district, the more primary their skill set, a similar way we draw invisible class distinctions in our societies.  Katniss is from 12th District where they are coalminers by trade. Now for those of you who don’t already know this, the storyline of Hunger Games centers around the reality show/x factor televised game “The Hunger Games” where 24 youths, also known as Tributes, fight to survive. Last one standing wins, be it natural causes or murder, although the producers of the show don’t seem to enjoy natural causes as much as they do the moral dilemma of them killing each other. And boy do they have creative ways of making sure that their show doesn’t become dull. The reasons for the game in the first place are to my brain a bit hazy, but it has to do with reminding all the districts of a past rebellion by making them offer up two Tributes (one girl and one boy) each year to fight it out in the games. Glory to the last boy or girl standing.

You will love this little girl too. Rue.

You will love this little girl too. Her name is Rue.

If there is one thing I find interesting, it is when I watch a film that makes me ask myself; “What would I do?” Not just the obvious; “Would I kill the other kids to survive myself?” That one can leave your brain ticking for quite some time, but the question that interestes me the most is; “Would I watch this?”

And the glaringly obvious answer is; “Yes, yes I would”.

If “The Hunger Games” existed in the form portrayed in this film, you could not not watch it. It has the glamour of X-factor and the serious outcome of a Roman gladiator match. I can sit here in my comfortable living room in a wealthy country enduring peaceful years upon years and say that it is wrong and we shouldn’t kill. But if this show was a part of our society, I know my morbid curiosity would have to watch it. And the fact that the show is interactive is even a bigger draw for someone who is getting increasingly more used to every show trying to include it’s audience to create a buzz on the web. If rich and powerful people like any of the youths, they can sponsor them if they fall prey to injuries or food/water shortage. The reality of their situation would draw me in and I defy anyone to a discussion who says they wouldn’t watch it. Humans are intrinsically fascinated by death, and this show displays death in it’s most raw and pure form.

Katniss and Peeta in their supersleek suits for the parade where Tributes are displayed like the olympics.

Katniss and Peeta in their supersleek suits for the parade where Tributes are displayed like the olympics.

I wouldn’t want to be in the draw to be a Tribute though… so I am a hypocrite… but then aren’t we all?

It is a fact that not so many hundreds of years ago, this game, to a fashion, happened in the grand colosseums of the Roman Empire, and it took a long time before anyone questioned the morality of that. Who is to say that a couple of thousand years from now we won’t have gone full circle on moral issues and go back to watching murder for entertainment? It scares me that I see that situation as a very real outcome in the future of the world. One of many, but I believe it could happen.

On a more cheerful note, the visual juxtaposition of the colourful inner districts and the drab and dirty outer districts are stunning. The production design in this movie is perfect and is a huge part of what makes me believe this could happen sometime, somewhere. It is worth the watch alone. Rarely has science fiction been so real without being our own world.

Now last, but not least, I’d like to mention the impending Love Triangle.

So Katniss, here in her home district, District 12, is at the start of the movie chummy with...

So Katniss, here in her home, District 12, is at the start of the movie chummy with…

...this fellah, Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth (isn't he dashing), they play in the woods together and stuff, but when Katniss volunteers to partake in the Hunger Games, cicumstance and teenage hormones have her falling for...

…this fellah, Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth (isn’t he dashing). They play in the woods together and stuff, but when Katniss volunteers to partake in the Hunger Games, circumstance and teenage hormones have her falling for…

...her fellow District 12 Tribute Peeta (love it how that name sounds like Peter).

…her fellow District 12 Tribute Peeta, here looking very manly and beaten up  (love it how that name sounds like Peter).

The boys in these movies (both Twilight and Hunger Games) are as bland, characterflawed and soulless as the hard core chick, often of asian persuasion or at least dark haired, who kicking and screaming fights her way through any action, lemme-blow-up-loadsa-shit movie you can find. I know. My boyfriend makes me watch them all. Maybe it is a teenage thing. As teenagers we are generally more self centered, so teenage girls will be more concentrated on Katniss and what she does and how she looks and identify with that, thus the boys only need to be mildly good looking for them to accept or perhaps join in the infatuation. At least in Hunger Games the choice of boys is a tad better than in Twilight as I have never seen the compulsion to choose between a boy as white as a dead body or a babyface (yes, the wolf). But then again there hasn’t appeared a sharply divided fan base arguing about whether Katniss should end up with Peeta or Gale, so what do I know. Although maybe it’s too soon for the first movie to create that sort of craze. After all there wasn’t any focus on the problems of that particular triangle, only delightfully obvious hints. I’m sure we will meet the repercussions in the next installment, which comes to cinemas (in Norway anyway) in November. God, that’s long to wait.

In the meantime, watch the trailer for “Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire” over and over again. I know I will 😉

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