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This review does contain spoilers, please do not read any further if you do not want to know what happens in the books or movie.
Okay so you have already read my Hunger Games movie review part 1, right? Well, not only did I find the characters and settings amazing, but I was also stunned by the sheer volume of emotion that was coming through each scene. Here are a few scenes that blew me away:
– The reaping scene. I knew from the previews that this was a powerful and emotional scene, but seeing it on the big screen was so crazy good! You could hear so many emotions escape the throat of Katniss as she volunteered in the place of her sister, and yet it was like even she wondering what in the heck she was doing. Like something inside if she took over, and she just couldn’t stop herself. I love this scene because it is such a powerful display of self-sacrifice and love. Which is the exact opposite theme of the movie in general (more on this to come)?
– The arena scene. When they entered the arena I was already emotional because of how deeply frightened Katniss appeared to be. Which, hello she knew she was about to enter into a game that would quite possibly take her life… I would have been a mess! Anyway, when the killing begins I was a little shocked. Yes, I read the books, but I think in my mind because I knew they were young I minimized the brutality of the killings. When I saw Cato kill the youngest boy from District 3 without I started to bawling. I personally did not see this kid as 12. He looked to be about 9 and had super curly hair, so of course, I thought of my son. My first reaction was anger. I didn’t understand why they couldn’t have minimized the scene, and cut away before Cato struck him down, but then I thought about what this game symbolized and realized that it was probably one of the best scenes in the movie because at that point you realize that these children are truly fighting for their lives, and have been offered up to fight by the adults (at the Capitol) that should have been protecting them.
– The scene where Rue dies. Even though we don’t get to experience a lot of the relationship between Rue and Katniss, we see enough to love them as an alliance and understand the fondness Katniss feels for this girl that could have easily been her sister. When Rue dies it is in a much less dramatic way than the boy from District 3, but it is full of painful emotion, at the loss of a close friend. The best part of this scene 9in my opinion) is when Katniss gave the kiss, and you see the District lose it. They had hope even if only briefly and in the midst of tragedy that they could stand against the Capitol. That was powerful!
I hate to end again, but I’ve used over 500 words, so I will give pause to my racing mind, and start working on another post.