I could watch Katniss Everdeen murder people all day in The Hunger Games. And tell you what, I usually hate murder! That’s how much I loved watching Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, on the screen during the movie. For the first time in my life I found myself rooting for an action hero, in an action movie. I’m not trying to say I usually root for the villain, but rather that I never root for anyone because by the time the action starts happening in an action movie, I’ve stopped paying attention.
I’d rather watch Jack and Jill on repeat than watch an action movie once. Okay, that’s not true. But that’s the kind of bold statement I wanted to make to express my distaste for action movies. Car chases, gun fights and explosions just don’t entertain me. I grow bored and restless and before the movie even reaches the climax, I’m already daydreaming about the Toddlers & Tiaras marathon I have DVR’d at home. Or worse, in the case of John Carter, I’m falling asleep during the crucial fight scene.
But The Hunger Games, an action movie full of fighting, murder, running and blood, had me perched on the very edge of my seat from start to finish. Like everyone else in America, I read the books this summer and eagerly started the movie countdown. I hadn’t been this excited for movie since the final Harry Potter.
However unlike Harry Potter, I didn’t identify with any of the characters in The Hunger Games when I read the book. Sure I liked some of them, but I didn’t want to be be any of them. I didn’t want to stay in on the weekend and write fan fiction about the time Katniss and I went backpacking in Europe together.