The horror of violence: Hunger Games
I’ve recently done a piece on my own blog about the fantastic film, Hunger Games: Catching Fire. To summarise, what I loved most about it, and the books for that matter, is its unflinching use of violence and how it depicts the consequences of such acts.
To be clear, this is a film that is aimed at young people and some of the images and themes of the book series and both Hunger Games films are more harrowing than some films that are aimed at an older audience.
Here is a snippet:
“Catching Fire follows in the footsteps of its predecessor and does not hold anything back. Almost every shocking moment from the book appears in all of its dark glory on screen and I, for one, was delighted and relieved to see that this was the case. From the moment the film begins, it doesn’t let your forget about the consequences of the previous film and the harrowing reality that Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss now has to deal with. Katniss has killed people and this film does not let you forget that.”
As I have mentioned before, I have a 15 month year old daughter and I was thinking, would I be happy for her to watch Catching Fire when she is in her early teens? I think I would – I don’t think for a single moment that this film glorifies violence, in fact it clearly shows the horror of committing such acts.