Feature for Mannion Family Movie Night is The Hunger Games. I'm wary. Plot has always sounded like an episode of Star Trek to me. "The crew of the Enterprise visit a famine-ridden planet where the children are forced to hunt each other in a contest thst decides whose family will starve to death. While Kirk tries to decide which way he will violate the prime directive this week, Chekhov is drawn to one of the contestants, a bow and arrow wielding blonde who swears she was not the model for the heroine of a Pixar movie released to general disappointment one summer back on 21st Century Earth."
I'm going to spend the whole movie waiting for Kirk and Spock to beam in.
Fans of the books and the movie in the house---that is all the other Mannions in the house---promise me it's much better than I'm making it sound to myself, and anyway it's more like an episode of ST:TNG.
Actually, it's really the case that I'm just not a fan of dystopian science fiction. It goes back to having had Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 shoved at me during the same year in high school. I think we had to read We in the same class but that might have been the next year for my Russian novel class for which we also had to read Darkness at Noon and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. (By the time we got to The Brothers Karamazov, I was ready to greet Dostoevsky as the Russian P.G.Wodehouse. On my own time, I was reading William Faulkner for the laughs.). Thrown in along the way were Animal Farm and 1984, the Ur-sci-fi adventure, The Odyssey, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, To Build a Fire, The Pearl, Night Flight, and the grimmest of the lot, Jane Eyre, whose final “Dear Reader, I married him” struck me as the last line of a suicide note. Midway through my senior year I was convinced my English teachers were all trying to tell me something, which was Life stinks, then you die in utter despair.
Pizza's here. Time to go watch. I hope Worf trains Katniss well. But it better not turn out that the whole thing takes place inside the Holodeck.
Updated from District 12, Saturday morning: Ok, I was a bit misinformed about some details of the plot. Still, it was pretty darn dystopic. On the other hand, it was well done and once the chase got going, very exciting. Woody Harrelson is fun. Jennifer Lawrence is learning how to do a lot with her deadpan pout. And I stopped waiting for Kirk and Spock to arrive to save the day about half way through.