The movie changed all that for me. Katniss Everdeen kicked ass in the movie and provided me with the dystopic role model I never had. Seeing her on screen brought the character life for me in a way the book never did and I spent the entire movie rooting for her success and cringing at her failures.
Even though the movie closely followed the book and I therefore knew exactly what was going to happen, I still worried that she could be killed by another tribute any second. I found myself getting extremely invested in her saga and I prayed harder than I’ve ever prayed that she would get to go home to see her sister Prim.
What made Katniss different than any other action hero I’m used to seeing is that she could be me. Or I could be her. Post-apocalyptic world aside, we’re both just young women with really only one skill. Hers is using a bow and arrow, mine is answering rhetorical questions on Facebook statuses.
She transforms from an average citizen to a woman of strength because she needs to do that to survive. Don’t we all hope that we could do the same if we were put in a similar do-or-die situation. That we could take whatever resources we have and turn our lives around if we needed to. She doesn’t have any superpower skills or any extreme explosive weapons, she just has herself.
And that’s not the only reason I related so easily to Katniss. She looks normal. Yes, Jennifer Lawrence is very pretty, but Katniss Everdeen is average looking and her character reflects that. She never gets sexy in the movie or wears a skintight costume to fight off tributes or has a nip slip. She manages to fight the bad guy without once showing her cleavage or wearing crime-fighting booty shorts. Which makes sense when I write it out, but is rarely the case when it comes to female action heroes in the movies.
She could me. I could be her. That’s why I got so wrapped up in the movie and that’s why I sat with my mouth open for the entire second half. Not only was the movie incredibly well-done, but for the first time in a long time, I sympathized with a character in an action movie. Therefore, I actually enjoyed the blood and guts and gore.
So while I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to see more action movies anytime in the future, I’ll definitely be first in line to see the Hunger Games sequels. Well, maybe not first, because that’s a little ambitious when it comes to the HG crowd, but I’ll definitely be there.