Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

"I stole the wings from Victoria's Secret.
They weren't using them properly anyway."
So I'm watching the Previews before the show, and just after watching God and Kings and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, I smirk: "There's two films that can't be bothered to follow the source material."

Mockingjay actually does - but it has less pedigree and less cash thrown at it. Go figure. Maybe films with strong female leads get a pass. Who knows?

Ogden 6 is a great theater, $4 tickets and a friendly staff. They got wit. When I said "Jennifer Lawrence, 1:30 showing" the male cashier smiled and promptly gave me a ticket for Mockingjay.

He knew. We all know. Lawrence has the sweet girl-next-door face that makes her unwilling heroine Katniss Everdeen so compelling. You don't even envy Katniss for being a winner, because she wins in a very realistic way for a female warrior: she puts an arrow right through her target.

She loves her best male friend [Chris Hemsworth] and her co-conspirator [Josh Hutcherson]. She's not a heartless machine nor a deceptive manipulator. Clueless to her beauty and her power to inspire, she radiates humility, compassion and quiet strength. If Captain America were a woman, he'd be Katniss Everdeen, not Hayley Atwell.

"I'm Agent Cah-ter and this is my gun!
One I shoot with, the other I have fun...
What on EARTH does that mean?
"
Most warrior women cannot pull this off. They seem to think the job is to beat up as many men as they can to show they are a force to be reckoned with.

Let me tell you a secret. It's a big one, so don't tell anyone:

In a fight between a man and a woman, the woman ALWAYS wins.

If she is beat up or killed, another man will avenge her. Heck, even Evil Men will avenge her. Did you SEE what happened to the guy who killed Detective Carter [Taraji P.Henson] in Person of Interest?



No, we men like to defend and protect our women. It is a source of pride to us.

So when we see a woman who wants to defend and protect her people, who actually loves both of her men and treats them with respect and kindness, we cheer for her.

Take note Hollywood. You can bring out cool chicks who can beat up men. It can happen, sure, and some women need to watch the fantasy of a super-awesome fighting woman who takes down a man. Every man they meet, it seems.

But the theater would get deathly quiet if you saw a man beat up a woman and saunter off proudly as these chicks do. You would be horrified and rightly so.

There's an old meme rolling around on the web many professional women like to share with each other. It's a cautionary bit of wisdom and prose. It's the difference between a Strong Woman and a Woman of Strength.

I've been watching "strong women" on TV lately and I'm getting tired of them. Today, in the theater, I watched a "woman of strength" and I loved her.

Here's the difference according to Marta S. Hardy
[ http://www.appleseeds.org/Woman_Strength.htm ]

A Strong Woman vs. A Woman of Strength


A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape
But a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape.

A strong woman isn't afraid of anything…
But a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear.

A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of her…
But a woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future…
But a woman of strength realizes life's mistakes
can also be God's blessings and capitalizes on them.

A strong woman walks sure footedly…
But a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls.

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face…
But a woman of strength wears grace.

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey…
But a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey
that she will become strong.
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Ultimately, what I like about Katniss is that she is a Woman of Strength - and men, women and children know they can rely on her.

I would like to add just one more comparison.

It seems to me that a strong woman cares about her rights and how she is treated. She is demanding, brassy, bossy and quick to Straighten People Out.

A woman of strength cares more about her responsibilities and how she treats others. She is hard-working, compassionate, gracious and quick to Help People in Need.

May every woman who reads this be strengthened - in the right way by God's grace.

Amen.

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