I took my kids with me to the AMC Movie Theater this week-end and watched The Hunger Games together. While my son is old enough to have read the book, he didn't read the book because he prefers to read Fantasy and Humor books over this type of novel. My daughter is still in elementary school so she, of course, has definitely not (yet) read the book. They both came willingly anyway because they've heard from others about the movie and know I've been waiting to see it.
The first thought I wanted to share with BlogDumps and other blog readers this Tuesday (on Two Thoughts for Tuesday) is that I'm glad my kids both wanted to see the movie because when I read The Hunger Games, I thought there were a lot of lessons to be learned about life and making choices, especially choices that mean sacrificing yourself for the safety or comfort of someone you love. There are also lessons to learn about being a quick-thinker, particularly when it means your survival. In The Hunger Games, being the best warrior doesn't necessarily guarantee your survival. And that was something that was pointed out to the main characters when they were taught lessons from previous hunger games.
My second thought is that the entire cast of this movie did a phenomenal job in their performances. It's not just hype either. Young and mature cast alike did an excellent job. We can give credit to both the director for bringing out the best in these actors, and credit the actors themselves for proving that they deserved to play the parts they were cast in.
I did want to point out one special character that touched my heart and my children's hearts (and even the heart of my son's best friend who saw the movie with his mom during the first week-end showing). This character was Rue. I won't spoil anything by saying that she died because we all know that in "the hunger games" only one victor is to emerge anyway...and even if you hadn't read the book, you'd know the main character (Katniss) has to have made it somehow. So anyway, Rue just seemed so out of place to be pitted against other tributes in the arena. She was so young, so caring, so innocent, so unafraid...even Katniss knew this young girl didn't belong there in a fight to the death. But they had no choice, no stopping the annual games. There were a couple of other very tender, emotional moments in the movie, but I think that it's because of Rue's character you might need to bring yourself some tissues to wipe your tears. See for yourself.
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