Sunday, March 25, 2012

Screw Peeta and Gale, I'm Team Katniss! [Spoiler Free]

So I finally made it to the movies this afternoon to see The Hunger Games. By myself. I actually don't mind seeing movies alone. It's not like you can chat with the person you go with during the movie so what's the difference. If you do chat during the movie, you deserve to have fire ants poured into your undergarments. Just sayin.

Um... this picture came up when I Googled "going to movies alone". Is someone trying to tell me something?

The bad part about going solo is when you get sandwiched between two 11-year-old boys. One was breathing like Darth Vader and had a serious jimmy leg. I felt like I was sitting in one of those vibrating massage chairs...unwillingly. And the other one was just weird. I'm not sure why I was so shocked at all the little boys in the theater. But I guess all that violence does make it appealing to them.

Ever since I finished these books, I've always called myself Team Gale. I think Peeta is a pussy and I really have no interest in him. Gale seems more manly and he hunts and shit so I like him. Plus, he actually looks like he could give Katniss a good fight. I feel like she could squash Peeta with her left tit if she wanted to. After watching the movie, I've decided to say "fuck it" to the two dudes. I'm Team Katniss.

Despite his association with Miley Virus, I still think he's sort of yummy.

It's quite simple. Katniss kicks fucking ass. And Jennifer Lawrence did an amazing job bringing the character to life. Just like her Oscar-nominated role of Ree from Winter's Bone, she had to be both nurturing and tough as nails all wrapped up in one package. That ain't easy. She's a survivor (what?), she's not goin' give up (what?), she not goin' stop (what?), she goin' work harder (what?). Whoa, sorry... the ghost of Destiny's Child just possessed my brain.

She will survive!

In my humble opinion (and if I had a daughter), I'd much rather see her use Katniss Everdeen as a role model than that stumbling, mumbling Bella Swan. Sure it might mean she offs a classmate with her stellar bow and arrow skills, but fuck it, betcha a million bucks she'd never get bullied. Thank you Suzanne Collins for creating such an ass-kicking female character.

Learn archery. Don't get bullied.

I'll be doing a more in-depth review after I've seen it a second time (hopefully not flanked by heavy breathing, pre-adolescent boys.) I just had to get this off my chest.

Team Katniss - we have cookies!


  1. Oh yes...forgot to mention, I likey Gale's jawline - I am a fan of the strong jaw. Not quite Rob's jaw, but nice nonetheless.

  2. My first comment disappeared....hmmmmm.
    I will repeat myself.

    Your Destiny's child line made me giggle snort - LOUDLY - I sang right along too.
    Unfortunately, I won't be able to see it until the weekend of April 6th. FORTUNATELY that's because I'm going to be in VEGAS..WOOT!!!

  3. I couldn't get over the Miley-Virus-by-association thing - once it got in my head it wouldn't leave. But Katniss was absolutely brought to life in this move and it made me wonder what happened to the bow and arrows I had when I was a kid (I was a terrible archer, jftr, but would totally be setting up a practice range in my back yard right now if I still owned that gear).

  4. Katniss is a badass and JLaw did an incredible job of bringing her to life. I was Team Peeta through the books and gotta say that I still am after the movies, even though that man-child who plays him, while totally adorable, does not fit into the "half my age plus seven" rule.

    It is becoming more and more apparent that I am one of the only people who gives Twilight a free pass in every way, but I don't see Bella as weak... She just doesn't have superpowers like everyone around her, so she's relegated to "sit down and be quiet while we protect you." Katniss had to learn survival skillz early, and had to rise to the occasion. Bella hasn't exactly had that kind of life.

    I don't know why I felt the need to do a character analysis there. Maybe I gotta stand up for Bella... I do like her, probably better than Katniss.

    I am dying to go see it again! Between martinis and giggly friends (and having to pee due to said martinis), I think I may have missed about half the movie the first time.

    1. Thank you on the Bella front!!! I agree 100%!!!

  5. I went yesterday with my own 11 year old in tow. He had a running commentary on what was different from the book and why this was wrong. It was annoying. If only I had thought to bring duct tape. He also insists he's coming with me to see BD 2 because he hates Jake and likes to make fun of him during any movie viewing. Did I mention he's a weird kid?

    Anyway, on to Katniss. I really liked her but I have to say I remain Team Gale. I'll never understand the Peeta thing. Maybe it's because he's too tiny. Otherwise, I thought the movie was pretty good. I'd probably like it more if I saw it without someone comparing and contrasting the book version. Next time I'll go by myself.

    1. I always thought Katniss was a bit stunted in the relationship department because of her upbringing. She states outright that she never wants to have kids because of society and her dad's death and mom's emotional abandonment can't be good for a girl.

      That being said, I'm not sure she was ever really into Peeta, she just went along as another one of her survival skills. I don't remember any real "love" emotions from her towards Peeta and even though I think she was a bit closer to Gale due to the survival/hunting bond they had, her survival instinct was stronger than her ability to love either one.

  6. I can't wait to see THG later this week. I'm Team Peeta, but don't have overly strong feelings one way or the other.

    Neither Josh or Liam are what I pictured when I read the books, but I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt at this point. But unlike you, I am unable to get past the whole Miley thing.

    And ITA, Katniss is a much better role model than Bella. Hands down.

  7. Totally with you on all counts! Jennifer Lawrence was AMAZING!!!

  8. I loved the HG. Being a huge fan of the novels, I was a little worried about how the movie would turn out but it was nothing short of amazing. And yes, Jennifer Lawrence is the reason for the success. She WAS Katniss!

  9. Addicted2TwilightMarch 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I was Team Peeta from the very beginning. I loved the movie, although very annoyed there was no shirtless Peeta! Jennifer Lawrence did an AMAZING job as Katniss.

  10. I haven't seen it yet but I am with you on team Katniss. Gale would have been ok but when I was reading the books I was never really leaning toward one guy or the other.
    I can't wait to see the movie!

  11. Jennifer Lawrence ROCKED Katniss so hardcore. I flove that girl. Major girl crush. I'm really hoping that KStew rocks SWATH as much as Jennifer rocked THG.

  12. While reading the books, I was definitely Team Peeta. I have a soft spot for the underdog. But looking at pictures of the two male leads side-by-side -- WTF????? He looks like a Poindexter if I ever saw one! No thanks. I just can't.

    And after reading the Details article about Liam, I was a little bit turned off. He is delicious eye-candy, but I can't get past the Miley factor. Plus I remember how obnoxious TheRugbyboy was at that age and I expect this kid is just as bad.

    They will probably both be quite happy to know that us Blue Hairs and Red Hats aren't interested in them! I still haven't seen the movie, but it's clear from the trailers - Jennifer Lawrence rocks Katniss! I'm declaring myself Team Katniss.

  13. I love Katniss, even if she comes off as a bit of a pill in the book. And I think Jennifer Lawrence did a fantastic job in portraying her.

    I was originally Team Gale when I read the first book and then, oddly enough, I kind of became Team Haymitch. Go figure.

    Also, I don't find either of those boys remotely attractive. Sorry.

  14. I honestly can't wait to see this movie again so I can absorb it more. And then write a more complete review.

  15. I thought Jennifer Lawrence kicked an obscene amount of ass. I am 100% Team Katniss. I'm definitely Team Gale for the movies though. Woof. Boy is fine. And considering the alternative, Gale would be the obvious choice in any circumstance. Josh Hutcherson is five-foot nothing, and I just don't believe that he was the best choice for Peeta. I still think Alex Pettyfer (I am Number Four) would have been a better fit.

  16. Let's hold this game for real, and see how much "arse" the females can kick.

    I bet none of you would even agree to play, but I know hundreds of twisted blokes that would pay good money to join in.

    Remember it is a story, ladies, and you wouldn't even be in the hunt in real life.

    1. I know, right?!? I've NEVER heard of a woman in "real" life doing anything remotely daring or dangerous, have you? We're just sad little delicate flowers, cowering in our kitchens and hoping against hope that our souffles come out right. How silly of us to think that a person with a vagina could actually be strong.


  17. I was dragged to watch it by my boyfriend because he heard it was given 9 out of 10 by someone. To be honest it didn't impress me much and this is the only book in the series that I liked.
    I thought they were trying to hard with the romance and Peeta looks like Katniss little brother, it's like watching Taylor Lautner being pushed in front of the Twilight saga.

  18. LOVES IT!!

    I have always been, and will always be, Team Gale. But, Jennnifer absolutely rocked it as Katniss so I hear what you're saying.

    She is such a strong feminine heroine for girls everywhere and doesn't let the nervous/jittery/pansy shit (listening, Bella?) get in the way.


    I think I might go alone to see it again during my staycation.


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