Catching Fire: is a lil well known movie about a chicka who kicks butt and loves a lot of people. (Not
If You Didn’t Catch On: this is the sequel to The Hunger Games.
I just laugh at how they desperately tried to make sure people knew that this film was the sequel to Hunger Games. Haha. :o) Anyway, onto the review…
This Review is Way Delayed: I saw this the day it came out, yet I’m just writing about it now because school, finals, and projects have taken over my life. Much like how the Capital manipulates Katniss! Hey! Look at that comparison! Okay, bad jokes aside.
The Major Plus: is how this director (Francis Lawrence) implemented more elements from the book. For book lovers this is a warm hug,
BUT it also made the film more fluid and consistent. (I’ll put this in another post for those who are interested). I had my doubts about this new director, but whoa! the changes were fantastic and needed.
The New Characters: were a joy to see and had amazing actors playing them. Specifically, of course, is Jena Malone playing Johanna Mason. (Link sums up how I feel better than I could, thank you fuckyeahthehungergames).
The Feels: were all over the place. From the great comedy of the elevator scene ;o) to the phycological thriller of the arena (blood rain? Are you kidding?). This sequel really hit all these notes and made it that much more impactful.
The Romance: finally made sense this time around. I still do not think Katniss is all for the love (I mean- she’s kinda focused on keeping everyone alive!) but I think they handled the triangle with realism. [Slight Spoiler: I love how this is the film where she really connects with Peeta. Not necessarily a love connection, but a true bond is formed that was not there before. The first movie was about their history with the bread and how she owed him. But this chapter let the bond of the Games turn into something stronger. End Spoiler] These two are dead set on protecting each other.
The Action: was definitely there. I know a lot of people feel like they just hid in the forrest a lot, but wouldn’t you?! I would, although, it’s very possible that I am a huge coward. When there were fight scenes, it was brutal and disturbing. I really enjoyed the subtle note that Katniss has less humanity and more ruthlessness as she continues her story. In Hunger Games, she had issues killing people. She is momentarily shocked when she instinctively kills Marvel. However, in this one, she’s pushing/shoving people and releasing deadly arrows without hesitation. It’s both sad and empowering.
The Boy with the Bread: Finally, this kid (Peeta Mallark) can hold a weapon and really stand up for himself. I mean, let’s face it, he wasn’t the best contestant in The Hunger Games. Of course, he was the heart of the film and I loved him for that, but it was so great to see him hold a machete. It gives a great visual and weight to his words whenever he talks about wanting to protect/save Katniss.
The Bad Thing: I felt like Katniss cried a lot.
Like, I understand this is a terrible situation and you WOULD cry a lot. I know I would, I’m a crier. Half of my emotions involve tears; BUT, cinematically, there should be more scenes of her trying to hold in crying instead of full out balling her eyes out. <— This is why Rue’s death in The Hunger Games was so painful. I mean Katniss hardly even shed a tear when she volunteered for her sister OR when she was saying goodbye to her family. It was Rue’s death that sent her over the edge, yelling, and just completely breaking down.
Therefore: I think the same people who watched Hunger Games will really enjoy this one AND bring a lot more people to the theatre. I daresay it was better than the first one, by a lot.
TL;DR: This film is bomb. Really enjoyed it and they fixed everything that people had problems with during the first film. Go see it.
PS. Thank you for gif johanakatniss,