Last night, I saw the second movie in the The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire. It was so amazing! I was enthralled for the entire movie and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Unlike when I saw The Hunger Games for the first time, I did not feel nauseated at all during this movie. The camera work was 100x better!! Different director means different cinematography and it sure goes a long way! Also, Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta, has really grown into the character and I now think he has brought him to life. So much better in this film than the first.
Catching Fire picked up right after the end of the previous movie and immediately trapped the audience’s attention. The film adaption was very close to the book, in my opinion. It definitely did it justice. All of the important characters were included and most of the main points were covered. Stanley Tucci was brilliant, again, as Caesar Flickerman. His laugh was so ridiculous, but absolutely infectious. Every time he smiled with his mouth full of fake teeth, I giggled like a little girl. It was so over the top that it was funny! I also loved their choice for Finnick O’Dair. He was exactly how I imagined him! I didn’t even realize until after that he was the same actor who was Philip, the cute guy who fell in love with the mermaid, in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It’s amazing how different characters can make an actor so different. Another casting choice I loved was Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. At first, I didn’t think he was extravagant enough (for being from the Capitol), but he ended up playing the character perfectly.
The costumes were outrageous and perfected for the craziness for which we have all come to understand comes from the Capitol of Panem. Effie Trinket, played by Elizabeth Banks, with her very crazy wardrobe was the highlight and perfect example of Capitol clothing. As much as I hated everything she wore, I loved it all at the same time. It had something to do with the amount of time, effort and thought that went into every single detail of her ensemble. There was brilliant costumery in this movie and oscar worthy if you ask me!
I found the special effects honestly riveting. At some points I felt as if I was inside the arena with the other tributes going through the nightmare of the games.
This middle movie of the HG Series definitely helped ignite the flame for the rising rebellion. It left just enough to keep the audience wanting more. It definitely sunk it’s hooks in and made it seem urgent that Mockingjay should come fast upon us. Unfortunately, Mockingjay has been split up into 2 movies to be released in 2014 and 2015, respectively. I am disappointed in this choice as I found Mockingjay to be the weakest and shortest book of the series. The movie makers of Hollywood need to make more millions, I suppose, and they will. I will pay to see both movies, no matter how grudgingly I don’t want to.
If you are thinking about going to see this sequel, I highly recommend it. Also, read the books because they are awesome too!!