29 March 2012

Cinemas around the country have been packed this week, with fans flooding to see 'The Hunger Games' now that it has finally been released in Australian cinemas.

In the wake of the highly anticipated release, much of the criticism surrounding the movie has been not about the young casts' performances, but in their appearances!

Most recently there has been some unfair criticism of Jennifer Lawrence's weight.

Some critics have suggested that the character Katniss who grew up in a famine-stricken district of the fictional country, should have been played by a thinner girl.

New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis wrote, "A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission."

Understandably there has been some backlash about this comment with one writer from TheHob.org replying "Katniss may not have been as thin or small in stature as depicted in the book, but it's not unfathomable that her hunting prowess would have allowed her to have some meat on her bones."

We tend to agree, and found it refreshing to see an onscreen heroine who had a rocking body! The book doesn't paint Katniss to be emaciated or starving, but rather one of the more privileged members of District 12 due to her hunting skills.

The casting of Rue as a darker skinner tribute has also received some bizarre criticism.

What do you think? Should Katniss have been played by someone thinner?

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