I finally got a chance to see The Hunger Games, and it was BRILLIANT, but I’m sure you already know that. If I didn’t have so much uni work to catch up on I would have gone back to watch the next viewing. Apart from the fantastic storyline (not entirely original see: http://youtu.be/oEI5ccR6JtA, but made excellent use of universal themes), the fantabulous costumes and sets (Lush! I wanna live in the Capital) and the fantastic direction by Gary Ross, it was the acting that really made this movie special. Of course I can’t go past Jennifer Lawrence who is spectacular as Katniss Everdeen, but I also have to mention former Natural Born Killer Woody Harrelson, who was completely perfect in the role of Haymitch, the drunken mentor to Katniss and Peter.
As for the Harry Potter movies, the makers of The Hunger Games have very cleverly conveyed so much of the meaning through the costumes, sets and homage to a particular bygone era. If I was planning to “reap” the experience by analysing it in class I would recommend exploring the implied meaning through researching anything and everything about the 1920s/30s for The Hunger Games and the 1930s/40s for Harry Potter.
I’m learning about information literacy and Project Based Learning at the moment, which involves students creating their own questions and sharing their findings with the rest of the class. If you teach kids you know they listen to their peers more than any adult in their life, so it makes sense to do it this way.
How exciting to know there is a young female in a film adaptation of a YA phenomenem that can actually manage to convey an emotional range beyond that of a popcile. I know I have defended Twilight on this blog before, but watching The Hunger Games showed that tosh for just what it is, mindless, silly escapism. Now that I have seen The Hunger Games, the thought of going back and watching the last Twilight movie seems a bit of a chore. Ho hum, at least there is only one to go.