Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Note: Not only will there be spoilers in this post but if you haven't read the book or seen the movie you may be very confused. You have been warned.

      I saw Catching Fire opening night after Debate and Oh. My. Word. The feels!!!! This movie was beyond amazing and as a fan of the book I was surprised how closely the movie followed the book. They even added an exact quote here and there. I'll admit something. I started crying when Katniss was talking to District 11 and continued to cry through out the movie. The movie made me laugh and cry. It was just...just..ugg. I loved it so much. My only complaint is that it went by too fast (not that they could help that because a heck of a lot happens in the book). Sometimes knowing what happens ahead of time takes down the suspense a little but this was not one of those cases. Knowing who was going to die next and what was going to happen was almost more suspenseful then not knowing. I came to love our characters even more and (just like in the book) I am on the verge of disliking Katniss. 
      Let's talk about actors. One in particular. Jenifer Lawrence was ten time better in this movie then in the first one. Her face during the elevator scene with Joanna was priceless. Despite the awkwardness of the scene I couldn't help laughing. Her reactions was perfect during the Mokingbirds and when Cinna was killed. Come to think about it Jenifer Lawrence's facial expression pretty much made her part in the movie. She is getting really good at displaying several emotions at the same time. Fear. Pain. Anger. Sadness. She is a very three dimensional character something that I appreciate. I honestly have nothing bad to say about any of the fantastic cast. 
     Things they missed. Ok I understand that they can't add everything that was in the book into the movie but here are a few points they missed. First the scores from training. Didn't Katniss and Peeta get 12's? And that is pretty significant as it causes the other victors, who aren't in their circle, target Katniss and Peeta. Also the events were way to close together. In the book they almost die of thirst and no one in their group can figure out Haymitch's present. It felt like they did the mist and then the monkeys were right there. In the book the alliance gets away from the mist and goes all the way to the beach before finding out that salt drew the poison out of the blisters. Then Haymitch sends them cream to put on their burns. Third, at one point Haymitch sends the group an entire feast! It was one of my favorite parts in the book and they had to exclude it. They also only barely mentioned that Katniss was 'pregnant'. And I can thing of a dozen more things they missed. 
     This movie made me love Hunger Games even more and I can't wait for the next movie but I am not prepared for what happens to Peeta and Finnick. 

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