Friday, March 23, 2012

Hunger Games – The Movie

Was the movie inappropriate for kids?  – Maybe, we’ll get there.

Were the previews before the movie inappropriate for kids?  Definitely

Before seeing it last night I had read the books, I knew what was going to happen.  I know it is a story of courage and defiance in the face of a horrific death match for kids.  I knew beforehand that I would be watching kids kill each other, that it would be disturbing, and that that was part of the movie.

At one point I had to stop and think to myself – “Am I watching this like someone from the districts, or someone from the Capital?  Am I watching because I want to see the rebels win, and see the hunger games overthrown?  Or am I watching because it is good sport, and good film making?

I am now reading stories about “Is the Hunger Games film too much for children.”  The answer should be obvious – it’s inappropriate for kids under age 13 for sure, and for kids over 13 it should be up to the parent’s discretion.  There are some 15 year olds I would NOT take to this film.
Before the film there were multiple previews.  There was Snow white and the Huntsman, there was Twilight 4.2, and they were okay.

Then there was one for the new ABC television show “Don’t trust the B---- in apt. 23”
I had to sit and watch a “fuzzed out” topless woman on the big screen.  I had to listen to horrific sex jokes and terrible comments.  There were 12 year old girls and boys in the theater.  That was the time in the entire night when I felt the most uncomfortable.

        Hunger Games is a gruesome tale about an oppressive government that keeps the people in control by holding gladiator games for kids.  We know they’re bad, we know why we hate the Capital.  I didn’t know I was going to have to hate ABC or a “network television show” while I was at it.


Hannah Jones said...

I know that Katniss Everdeen is a strong, resourceful, smart and independent girl. We see her strength in the beginning of the series. But what bothers me is that she still falls back into the stereotype. We see her not behaving as who she really is; she pretends. I know she pretends in order to survive, but she's still the female lead, torn between two men, not being herself.
I really liked the books, but when you step back and see it at a different angle other than just a good read, it is a gruesome plot. I agree with you that it's definitely not for children under 13. {and this concludes my two cents} :)

Noelle and Corey said...

I once went to some PG-13 movie, I think it was a suspense film--definitely not a horror flick, as I avoid those like the plague-- and the preview for Silence of the Lambs 2 (or Hannibal or whatever) showed. I had nightmares about it. I do not understand how they can put such crap in previews. Or commercials. Or whatever. Which explains why I am perfectly happy never turning on the TV in my home.