Other than the strict adherence to The Pill Codeiii and the predictable colorizations in generaliv, the Katniss effectv is in full swing and the pseudoscientific wank overpowering. I defy you to sit without cringing through Morgan Freeman's weathergirl delivery of the up-to-date equivalent of 1800s slavery apologism.
Nevertheless, the first ten minutes or so are quite watchablevi and overall the summarized version quite correct : the only future for the wankers is exactly as discussed on Trilema previously -- to be used as cattle, as here depicted, as encountered in daily life, as it is. Why, you thought something else's going on in your life ?
It could easily have been about half an hour shorter ; it wouldn't have been much better even if it were half an hour shorter. Nevertheless, it works as it is to prove that the herd understands quite well what its future looks like.
What can you do ?———
- 2014, by Luc Besson, with Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Uncletoman and various orcs. [↩]
- Come on, you have noticed what Joan of Arc, the 5th element etc have in common, haven't you? [↩]
- You have noticed that all pantsuit-alligned productions feature blue rather than red pills, haven't you ? A sort of a desperate last gasp of femsociety, "blue pill can be good too" much in the "soviet tech also works" vein. [↩]
- You realise that as "brain capacity" increases skin tone turns darker and darker in pantsuit pulpwank, yes ? And the "reminder" Resplenduminous keeps of the Old World is some orc-looking Syrian or whatever the hell that "French" "police officer" is. Habba habba! [↩]
- To quote the scientist who originally described this,
Here's your first point of irony: this true lady-centric blockbuster franchise isn't named after Katniss, it's named after what happens to Katniss, which is why it is truly a lady-centric franchise.
How would you classify this book/movie's genre? Is it an action movie with a female twist? Is it a love story? A drama? Sci-fi?
No. It is a fairy tale.
We can start with the obvious. The book is about 24 kids thrown into an arena to fight to the death, only the toughest, the most resourceful, the strongest will survive, and it better be you because your whole village depends on it. It is such a scary premise that there was some concern it was too violent for kids to watch. Well, big surprise: Katniss wins.
Hmmm, here is a surprise: Katniss never kills anyone. That's weird, what does she do to win? Take as much time as you want on this, it's an open book test. The answer is nothing.
This is not a criticism about the entertainment value of the story, but about its popularity and the pretense that it has a strong female character. I like the story of Cinderella, but I doubt that anyone would consider Cinderella a strong female character, yet Katniss and Cinderella are identical.
The traditional progressive complaint about fairy tales like Cinderella is that they supposedly teach girls to want to be princesses and want to live happily ever after. But is that so bad? The real problem with fairy tales is that the protagonist never actually does anything to become a princess. Forget about gerrymandering or slaying a dragon or poisoning her rivals: does she even get a pretty dress, go to the ball and seduce the prince? Those may be anti-feminist actions, but at least they are actions. No. She is given two dresses, carried to the ball, and the Prince comes and finds her. Twice. Her only direct and volitional action is to leave the ball at midnight, and even that isn't so much a choice as because of a threat.ii The clear problem with this isn't that girls will want to hold out for a Prince, but that it might foster the illusion their value is so innately high that even without pretty clothes or a sense of agency a Prince will come find them. Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are worse: they don't even have to bother to stay alive to get their Prince.
In this offering I dare argue the ineptitude is productive however, as it saves us the half hour or so worth of "martial arts" wankery. She just walks right through the (necessarily azn, of course) mooks. It's not just easier this way, but to any sort of analysis it could not be stated anything important's lost, so the economy of bullshit's quite welcome. [↩]
- If you're going to "create a superhero", the "accidentally ruptured magic drug pouch" is a lot better a story than "he ate some flies that were nuclearoctive" or whatever the fuck silver age bullshit. [↩]