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  • It's been a few years since Katniss first captivated us with her charm, fierce loyalty,

  • and righteous archery skills.

  • So when you go back to re-watch the Hunger Games movies, you'll pick up on a lot more

  • about the them now than you did the first time around.

  • Here are some things you only notice about The Hunger Games as an adult.

  • All four movies pass the Bechdel Test

  • If you don't know about the Bechdel-Wallace Test, the rules are pretty simple.

  • A film passes if: there are at least two women with names featured, they talk to each other

  • at some point, and when they do, they talk about something other than a man.

  • It sounds simple, but there are thousands of movies that don't actually make the grade.

  • The Hunger Games movies, however, all pass the test.

  • Want proof?

  • In the first movie, Katniss has conversations with Prim, Effie, and Rue about lots of things,

  • although Rue does mention Peeta.

  • In the second film, Katniss talks to Prim, Johanna, Mags, and Wires about everything

  • from fish hooks to clocks.

  • In the third film, she talks to Prim about becoming a doctor, and Cressida about making

  • "propos," and in the fourth, she talks to Johanna about their shared trauma, and to

  • Alma Coin about battle strategy.

  • Katniss and Peeta swap traditional gender roles

  • You might not notice it if you're wrapped up in the drama of the games, but Katniss

  • and Peeta don't exactly conform to traditional gender roles.

  • Katniss is strong, stubborn, and heroic, while Peeta is kind, deferential, and submissive.

  • As Linda Holmes noted on NPR, Katniss "challenges a lot of traditional narratives about girls.

  • She carries a bow, she fights, she kills, she survives, she's emotionally unavailable,

  • she'd rather act than talk."

  • "Do you see that?

  • Fire is catching.

  • And if we burn, you burn with us."

  • All of those traits are almost always ascribed to men in Hollywood films, making Katniss

  • a true outlier.

  • Then there's Peeta.

  • "Hey."

  • "Hey."

  • How did you do that?"

  • "I used to decorate cakes down at the bakery."

  • He openly expresses his feelings, wears his heart on his sleeve, and follows Katniss'

  • lead throughout the films and books.

  • Given how successful the franchise was, perhaps more movies would cash in big if they broke

  • the mold more often.

  • Gale is a jerk

  • Gale is a tall, brooding hunter who works in the mines of District 12.

  • And sometimes his confidence clouds his judgment, rendering him insensitive and even condescending.

  • In other words, Gale can be kind of a jerk.

  • In the opening scene of the first film, he interrupts Katniss when she's trying to hunt

  • a deer, and acts like she wouldn't know what to do with it.

  • At the beginning of the second movie she reasonably suggests that they run away, but he talks

  • her out of it.

  • And in the third film, he has no sympathy for Peeta, who's been tortured and brainwashed

  • in the Capitol, despite Katniss telling him how horrific it can be.

  • Gale's kind of a creep.

  • The PTSD of the victors

  • Haymitch is an unapologetic alcoholic throughout the films, since he's trying to kill the pain

  • of his past trauma.

  • Johanna steals Katniss's medicine after being tortured in the Capitol to calm her

  • mind.

  • And Katniss herself wakes up screaming from horrific nightmares.

  • Clinical Psychologist Dr. Janina Scarlet wrote that it's clear Katniss and the other victors

  • are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • And after what they had to endure in the games and at the hands of the Capitol, it's completely

  • understandable.

  • In addition to the nightmares, Katniss has flashbacks to the demise of Rue in the first

  • film, the destruction of District 12 in the third film, and nearly losing Peeta multiple

  • times, leaving her prone to moodiness, sleep disruption, and a tendency to be avoidant.

  • Even when she enjoys peace with Peeta and their children, she still suffers, telling

  • her infant that one day she'll tell them why.

  • District 11 and American

  • District 11 produces crops for the Capitol, and is one of the poorer districts along with

  • District 12.

  • But unlike 12, nearly all of the residents of 11 have dark skin.

  • Frankly, it doesn't take much digging to notice that District 11 is a direct comment on American

  • servitude.

  • There's an electric fence around the perimeter, preventing anyone from leaving, they're

  • held there by threat of violence, subject to brutal punishments from the peacekeepers,

  • such as public hurting if you're caught running away.

  • Residents of the district have to labor in fields, but the crops they produce are all

  • sent to the Capitol, leaving them malnourished.

  • It's not hard to see what District 11 and the Capitol represent.

  • Cinna actually sparked the revolution

  • There's no question that Katniss volunteering to save her sister at the reaping was brave,

  • but that alone wouldn't have been enough to ignite the revolution.

  • Enter Cinna, whose stylistic genius and devotion to Katniss are the perfect catalyst to turn

  • her into the Mockingjay.

  • He's one of the first people in the Capitol who is genuinely nice to her, and unlike past

  • stylists, he's not just going to dress her up as a coal miner.

  • Instead, he dresses Peeta and Katniss in flames, getting the attention of everyone in Panem.

  • Then, in Catching Fire, he designs a wedding dress that flares up into a mockingjayand

  • pays for it with his life.

  • Whether he was in on it or not, he outfitted her for the revolution.

  • Finnick is actually nice

  • Finnick Odair first appears on screen almost halfway into Catching Fire, decked out for

  • the tribute parade.

  • He's enjoyed a life of luxury ever since winning the Games years ago, but his high life has

  • some darker strings attached.

  • While they don't go into it much in the films, Finnick has been sold as an object by President

  • Snow to wealthy Capitol patrons, who use him for anything they want.

  • He alludes to it in his first conversation with Katniss, when he brings up secrets as

  • being the ultimate currency of the Capitol.

  • "What about you, Girl on Fire.

  • Any secrets worth my time?"

  • So if you've ever wondered why he was willing to fight for the revolution, that's probably

  • a big factor.

  • President Snow's poisonous past

  • It's easy to miss that President Snow sometimes bleeds from the mouth.

  • And while you might assume he has a disease like tuberculosis, that's not the case.

  • In the books, Finnick reveals that President Snow rose to power at a young age by poisoning

  • anyone who got in his way, whether they were friend or foe.

  • In order to deflect any suspicion, he drank from the poisoned cup as well, and acquired

  • sores in his mouth from the poison that will never heal.

  • That's also why he wears perfume-scented roses, tooto cover up the smell of blood from

  • his mouth.

  • "Never let them see you bleed."

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    lawrence posted on 2018/11/05
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