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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

on November 25, 2013


This past weekend I went to see the new Hunger Games movie in theaters. A couple of years ago I started hearing about the Hunger Games series and when the movie came out I was very excited to see it. I really enjoyed the first movie and the sacrifice Katniss was willing to make for her younger sister Prim. At the end of the movie I was very intrigued by what would happen in the capital now that the Games were over. I had a feeling this corrupt system was heading towards destruction and our heroine had a part to play in the outcome.

I couldn’t wait for the next movie, so I read the books. And I’m happy to say this next movie follows the book really well. Now it didn’t include every single detail of the book, and a few parts felt rushed, but that tends to happen when you turn a full length novel into a 2 hour movie. Some things just don’t fit.

I was very intrigued with the view into President Snow’s life that we are given in the movie. Since the book is written form Katniss’s perspective, we are only given little tidbits about the President’s life. But the movie takes this a bit further; revealing his relationship with a granddaughter at home, and his reasoning behind the actions that he takes.

The only thing I have to complain about was a scene in Quarter Quell Hunger Games. At one point the group of victors that we are following gets attacked by some savage monkeys and the camera effects and lighting goes a little over the top. There are so many cuts and different angles that I lost track of which character I was watching and because everything was so dimly lighted, I could barely tell what was going on. The filmmaker might have intended this “shaky” cam filming to make the danger and confusion more real to the audience, but it had the opposite affect on me. I found myself thrown out of the movie and realizing that I was in a theater after all. I remained “outside” the movie experience until the action calmed down and the fight was over. Then I was able to reenter the story.

Other than that, I can’t complain too much. The storyline followed the book very well and all of the characters seemed appropriate to me. Of course I haven’t read the books in over a year, so that probably helped. See my other post about not watching movies in close proximity to reading the book:

In conclusion, if you are a fan of the first movie, or the book series, I’d say you’ll most likely be satisfied with this movie’s performance.

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4 responses to “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  1. I saw it yesterday and as a fan of the series, I was really happy with the adaptation. In addition to sticking close to the source material, the sets/costume/casting are nearly as I imagined them. I love Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss!

    • lmhill says:

      Everything matched how I imagined it too, although that might be because I saw the first movie before I read the books, so I couldn’t help imagining the actors playing those characters. But I agree, Jennifer did a great job. šŸ™‚

  2. Ruth says:

    Found you through the Catching Fire tag – I saw it on Thursday night and loved it. šŸ™‚ I completely agree with you on not reading a book too close to the movie adaptation. I deliberately spaced them out with the first movie and it made such a difference in perceptions between me and my friend (who had just re-read them), so I did the same thing with the second movie and am glad I did. It’s better to re-read the books after the movie, so the movie has more of a chance on its own.
    Oh, and the monkey scene was intense! I can’t say I did too well keeping track of which character was where either, but that was because I was screaming and ducking. šŸ™‚

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