Mags Flanagan, immortalized here as a young woman, looks as fierce and tenacious as ever. Her triumphant win in the 11th Hunger Games made her a household name and Panem’s sweetheart for years to come. It’s incredible to think this stoic girl is the same woman that smiled so warmly and fought so valiantly alongside Katniss Everdeen in the 75th Hunger Games.
Fashioning olive fatigues, Mags’ vintage look feels surprisingly on-trend with the current wave of militia attire. This, paired with minimal makeup, makes Mags look devastatingly elegant and timeless. Could Mags have been an overlooked style icon? Capitol Couture thinks so.
As fabulous and eye-catching as this heroic imagery is, and while Mags returned to the Games during the most recent Quarter Quell, these iconic Victory Tour posters remained under lock and key until now… perhaps saving them for greater impact when the message was needed most by The Capitol Gamemakers? Only time will tell.
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I think The Hunger Games as movies miss a lot of the nuances that were at least implied in the books, like the racialized classist dynamics within District 12 that were described in Book 1. Like how the Seam is inhabited by dark-skinned, dark-haired, blue-collar coal miners that struggle to get by day-to-day while their children have to increase their odds to be selected by the Games just to feed the family, and how the well-to-do fair skinned, fair-haired townspeople – as tradespeople – are not as much at risk of being selected thanks to their privilege.
And how about the fact that Katniss’s mother – who came from a town-residing, family with a trade – was more or less disowned when she eloped with a dark coal miner from the Seam?
It’s not just wealth disparity that’s at play here, it’s also race, and that’s easy to miss when the cast in a visual representation of the novel gets white-washed.
Today I went to see Mockingjay Pt2 for the second time, and I could really focus on the details this time around. The main thing I really paid close attention to was Finnick’s treatment of Peeta throughout the movie.
Finnick stays close to Peeta, always speaking softly, incouragingly “yeah you got it!”, almost always walking along beside him with a hand going to his shoulder or bag. During the scene where they’re running up the stairs to get away from the hot oil(?), Finnick doesn’t really let any of the other Unit members touch Peeta, restraining him and tranquilizing Peeta himself, locking his arms around Peeta and lowering him to the ground.
Earlier in the movie, when Peeta and Katniss are talking and the Unit is trying to sleep, Peeta gets a little upset, his voice rising, and Finnick immediately wakes up, like he’s done this a hundred times before. “Just ask, that’s what Annie does.”
I came to the realization that Finnick acts this way with Peeta because he’s had to deal with something like this before, with Annie.
This is the Finnick that Annie fell in love with, the Finnick that was soft spoken and encouraging of even the littlest of victories. The Finnick that would have gently touched her hand when he saw her losing focus or wrap his arms around her and not dare let go when she would thrash and scream and cry. The Finnick that might have slept beside her bed because he knew she had nightmares, he’d wake up as soon as he heard her crying, and he’d tell her to ask him whatever she needed to know, he’d tell her everything.
Everyone else in their group, even Katniss for a while, treated Peeta like a bomb, a weapon, and Finnick must have taken one look at Peeta and remembered what Annie was like after she came back from her games, and knew exactly how to take care of Peeta.