This is Greg Kiernan again, reporting to you from Chicago's north side. Like many of you I'm sure, I have recently seen "The Hunger Games" and was greatly entertained. But the end of the movie left a few things hanging and I had a few unanswered questions. But then I came to the realization that "The Hunger Games" is actually a book trilogy and that the filmmakers are probably setting up a few things for the sequel. This is why I was hungry for more (I had plenty of popcorn).
Not only is this a great film but you can add it to the list of great films that have female protagonists - characters that often lead to outstanding performances by the actresses playing them.
One such character that leaps to mind for me would be Jodie Foster in "The Silence of the Lambs" where she plays a woman in a man's world as she attempts to rise through the ranks of the FBI. While there is a subtle battle of the sexes going on within the agency, what's interesting is that at the end of the movie when she has the showdown with the villain she is in mortal danger and not sexual danger (unlike her previous Oscar-winning performance in 'The Accused"). That same year "Thelma and Louise" came out, two more female protagonists trapped in a man's world only this film had heavier feminist themes. Subsequent characters that come to mind are in more recent films like Viola Davis in "The Help", Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side" and Natalie Portman in "Black Swan", all of which were Oscar-worthy performances. Speaking of Oscars, (almost) every since character played by Meryl Streep is the dominant female protagonist in an outstanding film that got her a nomination.
"The Hunger Games" presents a main character that I think is most similar to Sigourney Weaver in "Aliens" - at first she doesn't want to get involved with the conflict but then she assumes a mother-role for an innocent life and kills when she has to. Oddly enough, Sigourney Weaver was also nominated for an Oscar for that role; so I guess we'll see what next year's nominations are. I can tell you this much - "The Hunger Games" has already grossed $30 million dollars and is getting a great deal of press and word-of-mouth. So I have a feeling it will be the highest grossing movie of the year, and that would make it hard to ignore for the awards if everything goes well for the film. Personally I would recommend it. In fact I'll probably see it again to have a few questions answered.