April 2012

7 Major Ways Movie Katniss Was Watered Down, Part 2

Why the slight stupidity and helplessness of on-screen Katniss marred the movie for me.

Katniss saving Peeta. Make no mistake; this is what she does. Peeta doesn’t have some simple cut that can be cured with a CREAM like the movie portrays; he is dying. He is cut to the bone, with a skin infection that requires a heavy antibiotic. He relies heavily on her to nurse him back to life—to take off his clothes and wash them, to clean out the wound, to feed him, give him medicine for fever, put a washcloth on his head, drug him, and get his medicine. It’s not some simple task like it was in the film—and afterward, when he’s a bit better, he still limps, he still clomps in the woods, and still has to be told what to do by Katniss. He is both sick and lovesick, saying he’s not scared because he has her to protect him—but in the film, it’s him saying what they should do (joking that he’ll take the bow, even) and what their next moves are! This. Is. Infuriating. I can just see the film folks mulling it over, “Well, we don’t want her to give orders and be a bitch, so we’ll have Peeta do it.” They took her power and made him more masculine—Hutcherson even admitted so in an interview—all for the sake of entertainment, and perhaps traditional gender roles…

7 Major Ways Movie Katniss Was Watered Down, Part 1

Why the (slight) stupidity and helplessness of on-screen Katniss marred the movie for me.

If you’ve read The Hunger Games, you know how strong Katniss Everdeen is. In fact, strong just isn’t a strong enough word to use. She protects her family after her father dies, hunts in the woods (which is punishable by death, if caught) to feed her family and herself, cares for her twelve-year-old sister, and volunteers to die for her in the Hunger Games—something that never happens in her district, as you are almost sure to die. She is the ultimate strong female lead that girls need to see in film.