Money is power in the U.S. and as such society is controlled by the powerful. Shall a film maker (writer, director, or producer) want their film to be a box office success the film must be created by the normative standards that have been set by those controlling the industry. Typically those regulating the media are the banks and a number of media companies (Horne, 2001; Mantsios, 2013). The Hunger Games (2012), directed by Gary Ross, is no different in the way that it lures the audience to anticipate and praise the film but lacks to extrapolate the subtle message of class inequality to its audience. Additionally the film fails at thoroughly considering class division and challenging race relations and hints subtly, but significantly, at racial inequality.
The Hunger Games film, based on the books written by Suzanne Collins, has received much praise from adolescents and adults alike. Having never watched or had interest in the film I became more and more curious as to what the film is about and the type of message ascribed. People expressed their anticipation and excitement for the release of the film. Most of the eagerness indicated was due having read the books, – which are designed for tweens, adolescents, and young adults despite all of the gore being referenced, – wanting to see Katniss in action and others bought into the hype created by the media (“Anticipation builds…,” 2012, “Movie Anticipation…,” 2012). Other websites referenced anticipating the film because the lead character’s strength, caregiver qualities and warrior qualities could be a role model for young girls. In addition, Katniss was praised for being a caregiver to her family and served as a savior for taking her young sister’s place in the game (Brewster, 2012).
The reviews on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) partially resonated to my outlooks on the film. Many of the reviewers referenced really enjoying the books, however, after watching the film they expressed feeling disappointed. Some examples of the types of commentary ranged between disliking the film because it did not portray the characters exactly as the book did, it was too “shallow” or the plot being contradictory. The overall consensus was that the film did not do the book justice and there were many flaws with the film (“Hunger Games Page,” 2012; “The Hunger Games Reviews…,” 2012). However not many argued that the film did not portray the class struggles or race relations between the characters.
It is very likely that The Hunger Games is very popular because of its target population. After watching the film it was confusing as to the hype this film received and the misconceptions of strength in the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Her independence is present; however it can be argued that she is fighting to survive – not only in District 12, where she resides, but in the battlefield. Furthermore, the references of injustice are very subtle and it sends a distorted message of a utopian society in which the...