The Hunger games is definitely a story I know well and Im sure you do too its the 20th highest grossing film franchise of all time.
But why was it so popular? It started out as a medium budget film with main character Jennifer Lawrence earning $500,000 for the first film. By the time the sequel was in production, she earned twenty times that amount, earning $10 million for Catching Fire and $15 million for both Mockingjay films. (
Despite the female heroine, Liam Hemsworth, and the popular book series I believe the audience really loved the conflict between the economic and social classes mixed with huge inner conflict of the main character of wether to conform or to revolt and transform into rebel leaders.
The Hunger games film’s main theme is the transformation of main character from innocences to rebel leader in the dystopian society ruled by dictator President Snow.
The first conflict we see in the film is the reaping scene, this scene happens very early on and shapes the rest of the film. Character Katniss acknowledges the conflict and contrast between the Capital dictatorship and impoverished district 12; when her younger sister is called out to participate in the deadly hunger games she volunteers immediately.
Katniss goes through many internal and external conflicts.
- To volunteer for Prim
- To trust Haymitch, Peeta, Effie and Cinna
- battle with self confidence – in opening ceremony
- battle with fear and not giving up
- battle with anger and grief after rues death
- Constant conflict with Katniss words and actions representing freedom in a extremely oppressive city.
- Katniss and Peeta after the interview scene
- Full hunger games
- The final bloody battle with Cato
- District 11 rebels after death of Rue
The whole film follows Katniss’ transformation from innocence to rebel. Her character is aged 16 in the first film and the genre shows a coming of age story of Katniss being motivated with everything to protect her sister to being convinced to lead a rebellion. Katniss starts afraid and fearful and does everything out of protective instance for her sister prim but ends up transforming into a leader. Her transformation does not come without lots of internal conflict such as insecurity, grief, anger, protection and post traumatic stress.
Through Katniss being genuine in her intentions the districts and audience find her a leader to believe in.