I'm trying to keep my expectations in line, but it's proving to be a teensy bit difficult.
There are so many reasons I'm rooting for this movie's success. First, there are the books. For obvious reasons, I devoured the series within a week. This tumblr post pretty much nails how that happens. Fans can only hope that the movie will live up to the story's greatness.
Then, there's Jennifer Lawrence. After watching Winter's Bone, I could completely picture her as Katniss. It wasn't her stature or her facade - it was the gritty, raw emotion she brought to her character. Her acting abilities are no joke. Whenever I see the clip where she's volunteering as tribute, I get crazy chills.
But the reason I'm most excited about The Hunger Games kicking butt has to do with Hollywood itself. Hollywood, where the Bechdel Test is constantly being failed. Where wrinkles and cellulite are only acceptable when spackled on by a makeup crew. Where women are shoehorned into minor roles, and are usually defined by the men around them.
Yesterday I read that the film franchise is on its way to becoming a blockbuster hit. It pulled in over $150 million smackers in the US alone over opening weekend. Maybe the money will speak for itself. I don't expect this film to spark a sudden feminist revolution (or to even be perfectly executed for that matter). But I do hope it will prove that women can play diverse roles and rake in the cash.
And for getting this far down the page, I reward you with a dorktastic photo of me playing tribute at an archery class in Queens (it was SO fun, and way harder than it looks).