Friday, March 23, 2012
The Hunger Games: What's Old Is New Again
The Movie Slut is not "The Hunger Games'" preferred demographic. She did not read the Suzanne Collins series about a post-apocalyptic society. She did not wait in line for hours on Thursday night to catch the midnight showing.
But that's not to say she didn't appreciate the film that crosses Darwin's "Survival of the Fittest," William Goldings' "Lord of the Flies" and TV's "Survivor" with a liberal sprinkling of video game pizzazz.
The story, which revolves around a group of teens who must fight till only one survives, also brought to mind the old Phil Ochs song lyrics, "It's always the old to lead us to the war. It's always the young to fall."
And in this case the evil elders are the ridiculous wealthy leaders who live in the nation's capital. (Sound familiar?)
"HG" was also a reminiscent of Roman Gladiators who fought to the death in an arena filled with shouting cheering onlookers. And not to forget the armies of the free world — young people who risk their lives so others can live in comfort.
Lots to think about here.
If "HG" was a bit more sophisticated, it would make a fine adult film.