I read the books and enjoyed them.
My 2 oldest boys read the books and want to see the movie.
I got mixed reviews from friends so I had to go see it to decide if I would let my boys see it.
The movie was well done, it entertained me and the time passed quickly. But it disturbed me in many ways too.
Here is my problem – one of the points of the story is that violence should not be for entertainment. The Capitol uses violence as a means to control its people as well as a form of entertainment for themselves. This is WRONG, the story is partially about making this point.
Yet I paid money to be entertained by violence.
I am so disturbed by the amount of entertaining violence our children and adults consume. It is wrong and dangerous and can only lead to problems for our society.
My son had a friend come over to play. He spent 90% of the time playing a violent game on his iTouch. When it ran out of batteries he plugged into the wall and stood there playing more while it charged. What does this say about society? Can this lead anywhere good?
I will admit I am on the opposite spectrum, we have very little media in our home and what we do have is very limited. No shooting games, no violent games – Lego Star Wars is as bad as it gets, and I don’t let my 6 year old play it or even watch it. When children see violence as something entertaining… it just is not something I can support in my home.
Yay – the bad guy died!
During the Hunger Games Movie there were people cheering when “bad guys” were killed. I wanted to stop the movie and explain to these people – those bad guys are someone’s children. We can’t cheer that they have died, just because they were “bad” doesn’t mean it is OK.
The irony is too much. Violence as entertainment is wrong, but come pay to watch some violence about this and we will entertain you.
I may let my 14 year old watch it and then have a discussion about it with him. But my 11 year old? I don’t think so. We have talked about the books as he read them and he can watch it when he is older. But I can’t expose him to such violence as entertainment, even when it is sharing a message I agree with.