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Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- I’m a big fan of the Hunger Games books, having read them a few years ago, so I was always going to be excited to see this. The first film was so good and such a great adaptation of the book that I had high hopes for this instalment, and they were met.
- The cast list is just full of actors I love: Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Jeffery Wright and Lenny Kravitz. It’s no hardship to watch a film with all of these people in it.
- Jennifer Lawrence, in particular, is especially awesome. At this stage in the game, it’s not particularly different or cool to be in love with Jennifer Lawrence, everyone is. But it’s so easy to love her; especially as a woman, because she is all types of wonderful. I love her portrayal of Katniss; she does justice to the wonderful character who was there to begin with.
- Although, of course, there is much more to Katniss than her looks, I absolutely adored all of her makeup throughout the first half of the film when she was on the tour with Peeta.
- While I was reading the books, Haymitch was quietly one of my favourite characters. I love how much he cares about Peeta and Katniss, and I love that Katniss irritates him and he doesn’t care that she knows it. I also love that despite the fact that he seems to be a selfish old alcoholic, he is instrumental in getting Katniss out of the arena and on her way to District 13 for the start of the revolution. And one of my favourite scenes of the whole film is when Katniss’ mother and sister are treating Gale after his beating, and he sniffs the alcohol and pours himself some. I also enjoyed the scene where he intercedes on behalf of Katniss in the square, when the peacemaker has beaten Gale.
- My love for Stanley Tucci knows no bounds, even when he is dressed like a dandy and sporting a purple ponytail. I actually love the way he plays Caesar Flickerman; it’s like he’s jumped right out of the pages of the book.
- When I read the books, I didn’t actually enjoy Catching Fire that much. It just didn’t hold my attention in the way that The Hunger Games had, and I know that this is a popular opinion amongst other readers too. I never had any real worries that the film would suffer from the same problems, and I was proved right; the story was enthralling from start to finish, and even though Katniss and Peeta were back in the arena, it never felt repetitive.
- As I think I’ve mentioned before, I very much enjoy sound in a film. I thought the sound effects were great in this; all the jungle noises especially felt very real.
What I Didn’t Like
- The only criticism I have of this film is that it was probably slightly too long. I know it must be hard when adapting a novel to get everything in that needs to be there, but at 146 minutes, there must have been some extraneous material that could have been lost.
- As a character, Gale bores me. I know he’s there to provide a bit of a love triangle between himself, Katniss and Peeta, but he always just feels in the way. I don’t actually buy into Katniss and him as a couple anyway, and although Liam Hemsworth is very nice to look at (better than his brother, even), most of the time I just want to swat him out of the way.