The Hunger Games: Team Peeta

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So, I loved The Hunger Games. I know some book lovers who weren’t too happy with it, but there were so many different elements to it that I loved. This movie might have also seemed great because the last book adapted series I’d watched was Twilight, so I greatly lowered my expectations before watching this one.

First: Jennifer Lawrence. I love her. I think she’s a great actress, and I love that she’s down to earth in real life. If you haven’t seen the interviews with her, Baby Thor, and Josh Hutcherson, watch them. They’re amazing — especially the “Unscripted Interview” ones. Her inside jokes with Josh just make me root for them that much more. (Their friendship in real life is SO adorable!)

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Too much cuteness

Which brings me to all you Peeta haters: back off! I have had an irrational crush on Josh Hutcherson since his first movies — so this may have something to do with me not minding him being the actor for Peeta — but I also love Peeta as a character. Nobody’s perfect, so of course he will have flaws and weaknesses, and he may never be as strong as Katniss.

BUT, let’s talk about his interview skills and strategy. That boy has got it down. He is a sensitive cook who paints and isn’t shy in a crowd — not to mention he is willing to die for the girl he loves…or the girl he at least seriously likes at this point. He’s the reason they have a chance at sponsors during the games, and he’s supportive of Katniss throughout the whole process (even when she’s mean to him and wants him to go away).

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This is his face watching them kiss…

Now, I admit that when reading the books, I was leaning more toward Gale in the beginning; but, in the movie, he’s barely even there. They only have a few scenes together, and those needed to serve as the foundation for their strong friendship and their everlasting loyalty to each other and each other’s families — and it just didn’t happen. Personally, I didn’t feel the chemistry. Maybe it’s because they weren’t given enough scenes, or maybe it’s also because Baby Thor just isn’t how I imagined Gale.

Either way, I completely forgot about Gale during the movie — except when they would decide to awkwardly pan back to him in District 12 during cute Peeta/Katniss moments. So awkward.

Although I wasn’t planning on talking about Rue too much (it’s too soon), I feel the need to explain to some people why her death was so tragic. Firstly, just because I knew she was going to die doesn’t make WATCHING HER DEATH any less painful. I just had to experience her death all over again, and this time I had a lovely visual to go along with it…. Also, seeing and hearing Katniss crying and being heartbroken makes it all the more sad.

As I’ve already explained to Eleanor, Rue is so much more in the books. Her character overall is somewhat tragic because she depicts everything that is unjust with the games. While they’re all technically innocent (don’t get me started on Districts 1 and 2), Rue is a little girl, the proverbial picture of innocence. She’s forced to fight by being placed in the games, but this cruel environment doesn’t change who she is.

She could have let the Careers kill Katniss, but instead she exposed herself to Katniss, deciding to trust her in order to save her. Then, when Katniss was useless and passed out for a couple of days, Rue risked her life in order to slowly nurse her back to health. This selfless act of aligning herself with Katniss is what ultimately led to her unnecessary death. (For clarification, every single death in the games is unnecessary and meaningless. Stupid, Capitol).

Rue is such a huge part of Katniss’ journey in the games. She’s the bright light that gets her through it all and keeps her sane. Rue helped her remember herself and helped remind her why she was fighting — for her sister. Rue becoming a sister-figure to Katniss made her death just that more tragic.

Some may say that Katniss took Rue under her wing, but Rue is the one that saved Katniss and stuck by her, giving her the hope to keep going.

Overall, it was fun seeing this movie with someone who didn’t know what was going on. Although, she would’ve understood a lot more if she had actually watched it instead of whispering questions in my ear the whole time. “Wait, are they gonna die, too? What about them?” Yes, Eleanor…everyone dies.

Also, I hate to burst your bubble, sis, but your idea for Baby Revolt already exists. It’s called Les Miserables. And, yes, they all die in that one, too.

 

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