The Avengers, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, Ted/Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Brave, Magic Mike, and MIB3.
I saw the The Hunger Games last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm going to run down a list of things that I really like about the main character, Katniss Everdeen. I feel like a spoiler alert is appropriate, even though the book has been out for years. Although, disclaimer: I've never read it. I'm merely responding to the characterization of Katniss in the movies, which others have said is close to the book.
So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the 10 things I like about Katniss Everdeen.
1. Katniss is a bad ass who is never un-bad assed. So often female action leads have moments where they fuck up and the males save them. That doesn't really happen to Katniss. Yes, she receives the help of "sponsors" but so do the other competitors in the Hunger Games. There's even a point where her male counter part, Peeta, jokes about taking her bow and she's like "ah hell naw." (Rough paraphrase.)
2. Katniss has important female relationships. Wonder Women! pointed this out to me: Often female action leads are unconnected to other women. They are frequently motherless and have been raised by a lone-wolf father who teaches them their skills (think Hannah in Hannah or Hit Girl in Kick Ass). Even though her mother is portrayed as weak, Katniss has important female realtionships, notably with her sister Prim who she saves from going into the games and fellow tribute Rue, who she works with to survive.
4. Katniss is not unnecessarily self-sacrificing. Another good point made in Wonder Women! was that female action stars are often self-sacrificing (Trinity in the Matrix) or die because they cannot handle their own power (Jean Gray/The Phoenix in X3). Katniss can handle her power and made only one sacrifice: she volunteered to go to the Hunger Games to protect her young, small, and inexperienced sister. But make no mistake, she doesn't self-sacrifice just to self-sacrifice. She volunteered because if Prim went she would surely die. If Katniss takes her place, they both have a chance to live.
6. Katniss is not perfect. By her own admission, she's not good at getting people to like her. She's a little rough around the edges. But to me, good female characters are ones who are human, and Katniss certainly is.
8. Katniss stays herself. Part of competing in the Hunger Games is being a likable personality that people can connect with and get behind. As mentioned, Katniss is not good at this. She's visibly uncomfortable with the rituals and TV interviews she participates in. However, she finds a way to get the crowd to rally behind her while retaining her unique personality. She isn't fake.
9. Katniss is likable. Even though Katniss is not supposed to be an overly likable girl in her world, she is, as a character, very likable to us as the audience of the film. We always understand why she is doing what she's doing and it is clear that she acts not only with strength and intelligence but also compassion and humanity. Too often, "bad ass" female characters are cold, detached, and impersonal (ala Lucy Liu in the Kill Bill films.) While Katniss' very rough life would have given her every reason to fall into this trope, she doesn't.
So basically, I love Katniss. The book has been recommended to me about 1,672 times, so maybe I'll actually get around to checking it out now.
All in all, I think the film is a great one for teen girls to check out! MUCH better than that Bella chick...