The Hunger Games

A brilliant adaption of a brilliant book. Perfectly acted. Perfectly directed. And bolstered by a powerful score. Brutal, without being exploitive. Poignant, without resorting to sap. Thought-provoking, without mounting a soapbox. Here’s hoping Ross and Co. can pull of the same excellence with the next two films.

“Happy Hunger Games… and may the odds be ever in your favor.”

(I’ll be posting a more in-depth review
of The Hunger Games on Reel Quick)
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4 thoughts on “The Hunger Games”

    1. How did I know someone would send me that? :D

      I’ve already listened to Mr. Swanson’s take, actually – and I still disagree. A lot. From his flippant dismissal of justified self-defense to his illogical comparison between Katniss and King David… his argument just isn’t holding water for me.

      Besides, I think I’d find his argument more pursuasive if he’d actually read the books – and not just book one, but the entire trilogy.

      Here’s my full take on the film and its themes: http://filmdissectors.com/the-hunger-games-2012/

      1. Well, I do disagree. I don’t think it’s constructive to watch secular films without doing what some friends of ours do–and that’s not just sit through it, it’s stopping the film every few minutes and talking about what worldviews are presented, what the Bible says about it, etc. I got to see that done on one of the “Princess Diaries”, and it was amazing to see the tiny little presuppositions that they slip in undetected if you aren’t looking for them.
        As to specifically the Hunger Games, if I can be quite frank, I think that it’s a waste of time to watch things like that and then try to pull some nice lessons out of it when all-in-all the the movie is not going to help one grow in Christianity, character or maturity (especially since the same morals can be drawn from much better sources!). I’m not against movies, provided that they are closely analyzed and/or come from a Biblical worldview (e.g. Monumental came out yesterday *sniff* and I missed it……I’m getting that DVD…..). But movies are such a powerful way to communicate with people, and it’s so very easy to be influenced by the underlying worldview (even when you’re not aware that a particular dogma is there), that I think we must be incredibly careful what we are feeding our minds.
        That’s why I won’t be watching (or reading) the Hunger Games.

        1. Nobody is arguing that we should just sit through movies passively. My review was for The Film Dissectors, after all. :) We’re all about actively engaging with the film without disengaging your faith.

          I think that it’s a waste of time to watch things like that and then try to pull some nice lessons out of it when all-in-all the the movie is not going to help one grow in Christianity, character or maturity…

          I didn’t do that in my review: I analyzed the themes and ideas and showed why it’s good, challenging stuff. I gave reasons, not a few “nice lessons” out of a hat.

          But I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree. I didn’t figure we’d see eye-to-eye on this subject. :D

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