"The Hunger Games" filmmakers started with strong design cues. Trilogy author Suzanne Collins gave them a list of surprisingly specific settings (various districts devoted to grain, fishing, textiles, and nuclear weapons), detailed visual descriptions, even a logo. And they've run with that material to an impressive extent, according to The Verge.
"Catching Fire," the last installment, successfully reveled in all the things it condemned: nothing is so arresting as watching a gorgeous blockbuster about the dangerous propagandistic power of aesthetics, mass media, and narrative. The series has gotten as far as it has in part because it's consciously, ironically cast us in the role of corrupt and beauty-obsessed Capitol citizens, relying on advertising that keeps up the pretense of coming straight from Panem.
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