Saturday, December 7, 2013
just in from watching "the Hunger Games" with my 11 year old son. Okay - officially - "Catching Fire." They did a brilliant job. I am so pleased that the characters received a little more depth. And that they are evolving. I love how Peeta's character become something more, both in the book and on screen. In the first book I was completely at a loss and with the movie even more so, because you do just know that Peeta is going to get this girl that is Gale's. And it drives you nuts - the baker's boy vs the man. (hmm. I suppose that says a lot about me doesn't it?) but even having read all three books the whole triangle thing that the capitol created - Katniss never gets to win. She looses so much personally. I love in this movie how they show the distress and the anger and things that I worried were too subtle in the book for the kids to pick up on. Myself as a 12 year old reader would sort of gloss over the lessons to get to the action. And so I worry, are they reading this book? Do they see the manipulations and the anxiety? The nightmares? The nightmares are real. Do the kids get that the worst part of all of this is that the game maker gets into their head and even if they survive they never get to win? Do they see how this is changing the characters? And how some are growing and some are being broken. Do they see how Katniss is becoming something she never wanted to become? And she can't leave so the has to chose and it isn't a choice she wanted to make.
And the costume and make-up design. Brilliant. So well done. Really. Love it.