We’re not sure if you noticed, but this little movie called “The Hunger Games” opened up this weekend. We think a few people may have gone to see it. We had read a few things about it on a random blog here or there, so we decided to check it out. We thought it was odd that the theater was so empty and that no one seemed to care about what was going on, but … y’know, whatever.
Good gosh, are we hilarious, or what? Seriously, we kill us. We actually decided to do something we NEVER do, which is go to see an event film on Opening Night. It was unlike any experience we’ve had in the theater lately, because almost the entire audience had clearly read the books and was extremely reverential and respectful of the film. No people texting, no meatballs, no troublesome shushing, it was a pleasure. Full disclosure, despite the fact that the writer of these weekly missives is an adult male, when it comes to “The Hunger Games,” we’re kind of a 13-year old girl about it, so let’s just say we had been looking forward to this with no small amount of fervor.
But, like most things to which one looks forward, it passes, and then one is forced to ask, “What next?” There are certainly a fair number of Event Pics coming up, but as much as we are eagerly anticipating “The Avengers,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Prometheus” and “Step Up 4″ (ha!), there’s something different about this. We can’t put our finger on it, directly, but it might have something to do with feeling like a part of something bigger. There are so many fans of the books, like a kinship between their fans, that is different from being a part of the legion of comic book geeks so eager to see the latest superhero joint.
And, since we’re on record as being one of those aforementioned geeks, we find our own opinion of this a tad curious. We’re a bit at loose ends here, not certain of how we’re going to react when these other big movies come along. We just know that, for the rest of the spring and into the summer, we’re going to be doing a lot of shrugging and waiting a few days to see a bunch of movies for which we’d otherwise be fully charged.
Or maybe we’re over thinking it. Wouldn’t be the first time, would it?