I really like your approach to films so I’m hoping for some wisdom! My two oldest girls, 10 and 12, are keen on seeing Catching Fire. I did not allow The Hunger Games, but I know they have seen some scenes. They can read the books, but don’t seem so interested. What’s your opinion? If yes, can you suggest a video review or commentary to watch beforehand with them? Or have them read and then rent it?
It is the idea of a rebellious, pouting, effortlessly beautiful, super-powered heroine that doesn’t know she’s stringing along two guys…and the guys accepting that. Let alone the violence and the incompetent mother. How can I teach their minds to see past the glitz, at least a little?
I love the insight and perspective of your one-sentence summary in your second paragraph! I suspect your girls are already learning to see past the glitz, at least a little.
I’m not sure I would describe Katniss as “rebellious,” though. If she is, it’s against the horrific injustices of her society. I don’t think one incompetent mother is a problem; a bigger problem to my mind is recurring patterns in film after film. It’s the cumulative effect of the steady diet, rather than one individual film, that I’m concerned about. If we raise our kids on a healthy diet, they’ll learn to react critically to the taste of lesser fare.
I like Fr. Barron’s YouTube reflection on The Hunger Games, although I’m not sure your girls would benefit from watching it — check it out and decide for yourself. Beyond that, my friend Peter Chattaway’s review of Catching Fire has a lot of good insights. Hope that helps.