Let’s talk about Johanna Mason for a minute. The scene after Finnick and Katniss endure the torturous jabberjays is powerful for many reasons but what stuck out to me the most (other than Jennifer Lawrence’s incredible acting) was Johanna. She literally screams at President Snow and tells him he can’t put everyone in an arena to psychologically torture and kill them. She’s completely right. He can’t continue to be a coward and put innocent humans in an arena as sacrifices for entertainment value. Then right after she says that, she has this air of complete calm and says, “What? He can’t hurt me. There’s no one left that I love.” That is gut wrenching. The fact that Capitol has taken everything and everyone from this girl, but she keeps on going is something that is truly inspiring. She doesn’t give up even though many would in her situation. She is courageous through it all. She’s not afraid to stand up to the Capitol and show that even though what they’ve done has scarred her, she is a fighter and they don’t control her. That is why Johanna Mason is amazing. We need more characters like her. I would also like to say thank you to Jena Malone because she exudes every emotional layer of Johanna perfectly and I don’t know of any actress who could’ve done a better job.
“She came home from the hospital after her father passed covered in tears. I started crying and kept asking her, ‘What can I do for you? Tell me how I can help’ And she looked up at me and said ‘Just hold me cause you’re the only thing that can fix me right now.’”
- Chris Martin on the inspiration for “Fix You”
Literally my favorite song of all time. I can’t believe I’ve never heard this.