Aren’t most discerning moviegoers over the age of 35 ignoring The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1? Shouldn’t they be? I am, I can tell you. My general interpretation from the get-go is that the Hunger Games trilogy is a big “fuck you” to the Boomers who are sending GenY and GenX into a future laden with economic doom and despair. I might hate the films but I’ve no argument with the metaphor. Here’s my initial 3.20.12 review of the first Hunger Games flick. Confession: Jennifer Lawrence‘s a cappella singing of “The Hanging Tree” is oddly affecting.
“The best of the boomers started out as ’60s rebels and spiritual pathfinders, but their generation evolved into the most selfish and spoiled and economically destructive of all. We all know that America is on a downswirl, and that boomers have led the way. The economic meltdown of ’08 was mainly boomer-driven. Boomers will be the last generation to lead hugely swanky and abundantly materialistic lives in this country’s history, because from here on the levels of comfort, abundance and opportunity are on the wane, and everyone knows this.
“It’s a crushing realization for each and every American out there. Boomers have more or less ruined it for GenXers and GenYers. They are absolutely the reigning Bad Guys of the 21st Century.
“A lot of boomers are okay and many are good or admirable or even great in their visions, creations, passions. Making an argument with too broad a brush always sounds silly. But this is real and everyone knows it. The boomer go-alongers (the ones who weren’t in the vanguard of social change as kids, and even some of those who were but got corrupted and corroded) have a reputation for selfishness and self-absorption that is gold-plated and will live in infamy. They really screwed things up for a lot of people. Any GenXer or GenYer who hates them has my sympathy.” — from an 8.6.11 post called “The Worst Generation“.