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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #35

The Hunger Games
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    Out of pure coincidence, I dreamt I was Katniss in the Hunger Games last night, woke up with Safe and Sound stuck in my head, and started reading The Hunger Games today.  I didn’t plan any of those things, but I did plan today’s movie to be The Hunger Games, to conclude “drama” week.  I’m very emotionally connected to this movie, maybe because of my passion for the character of Katniss, or maybe because it’s just a really well done movie that makes excellent commentary about war, trauma, and the power of individuals.  
    It really irritates me when people associate The Hunger Games with a love triangle.  They assume that it’s at the same level of Twilight, which was essentially about a love triangle, but it’s not at all.  I think it’s really important that people understand that this movie is about one girl putting her family above everything else, and sacrificing herself for them, as well as for her people.  It’s about horror in everyday society, and the power of hope; the power of strategy and believing in something.  I know a lot of you are probably saying, “Joy, calm down, it’s just a movie,” but the thoughts and message behind it are more than that.  It’s more than Jennifer Lawrence being a flawless actress, and it’s more than a dystopian society with poor priorities and a love of murdering teenagers.  I admire Suzanne Collins for writing something with so much fuel behind it.  I hope someday I can write something with that much power.

    Go see The Hunger Games.  Go now.