The Hunger Games: to see or not to see?

I haven’t seen Hunger Games yet, and I wasn’t planning to…until I started to see the plethora of reviews from a Christian perspective. (See National Catholic Register, Christianity Today, Crosswalk.My favorite so far is Fr. Robert Baron, who provides excellent commentary on the disturbing elements of this film (and the novel), quoting one of my favorite Christian writers re: humanity and violence, Rene Girard. Have you seen the film? What are your thoughts?

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3 thoughts on “The Hunger Games: to see or not to see?

  1. I, too, have been listening to and reading reviews and explanations of the Hunger Games. Prior to now I hadn’t heard of the books. My thoughts are that I will stay far from this movie and probably also the books. Why? Being a human being myself, I am well aware of things like violence and scapegoating. I think it would be unbearable to watch it on the big screen. It’s hard for me to imagine being inspired by it. It’s easy for me to imagine being depressed by it. Those are my thoughts.

    • Ruth Ann,
      Thank you for your thoughts! I am slow to embrace films that receive so much hype, and I definitely do not enjoy most dystopian films and novels. I just accepted an invitation to give a workshop to teens about media and faith, and “Hunger Games” may come up. So…I may end up seeing it.

      The reviews say that it is a well-crafted film that does not glorify violence and scapegoating, but rather shows the haunting consequences of such behavior on individuals and on society… Once I see it, I will post my thoughts.

      On a brighter note, here at our PBM Center in Toronto, we just “prayed with” the film, Of Gods and Men. This is a great Catholic movie, and despite the violence, I think it should be a must-see for all Catholics!

  2. I’m reading the third book right now. I don’t know if I’ll see the movie yet, but I suspect I will (when it’s out on DVD), if only because so many of the young people I influence are seeing it (multiple times!) and loving it and, well, I’m curious.

    I feel guilty admitting I’m enjoying the books. A lot. But there it is.

    I’m not a big movie watcher in general, but this one I might see.

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