I just watched the hunger games.
I’d like to write about how wretched the makeup and hair, costume and set design, and overall shitty screenwriting were, but I’m gonna talk about race instead.
I counted two black men with speaking roles. No black women. The only non-dead dark woman with an even remotely significant role was a racially ambiguous (though identifiably black) woman who filed her teeth into fangs, growled like a beast, and was notorious for chewing people’s necks off. There is no way in hell that a white woman would have been hired to play this character, whose only function was to bare her teeth and hiss exactly like the CGI baboons that plagued the tiresome white leads.
How can anyone lose themselves in a screenplay set in a dystopian future in which the oppressed masses are white. I think if it were any other way - if “districts” containing dark people were pillaged and burned to the ground and tortured - white audiences would be unable to affect empathy, because that wouldn’t be a movie, it would be real life.