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Friday, November 29, 2013

Movie Thoughts: Catching Fire

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Movie Thoughts1 Comment

Catching fireTitle: Catching Fire (Official Site)
Tag Line: Every revolution begins with a spark.
Release Date:22 November 2013
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 146 min
Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Dystopia
Series or Standalone: Series
Where Seen: Theater
Production Company: Lionsgate
Distributed By: Lionsgate
Director(s): Francis Lawrence
Writer(s):  (screenplay), (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (novel)
Stars: (Katniss Everdeen), (Gale Hawthorne), (Haymitch Avernathy), (Peeta Mellark), (President Snow), (Effie Trinket), (Cinna), (Caesar Flickerman), (Plutarch Heavenbee), (Finnick Odair), (Mags), (Johanna Mason)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’m always wary when a book that I liked is turned into a movie and of the Hunger Games series CATCHING FIRE was my favorite in the trilogy. But I liked how HUNGER GAMES was done and so was excited for CATCHING FIRE and I wasn’t disappointed. As with the first movie I liked how they did some added “behind the scenes shots” to show the games being run and a little lead up to the start of them. As with all book to movie adaptations I wish that more from the book was included but overall I can’t really complain with how they did this movie. They included all the big and important moments and even set some seeds for the next film MOCKINGJAY.

I didn’t like how Gale’s role was expanded, even if its still just a small fraction of other characters, because in the books his role was very small. I like who they cast for Finnick, Johanna, Nuts and Bolts. They were all perfect for the roles and I liked what they brought to the characters. Jennifer Lawrence did a great job once again with Katniss even if her hair changed from brown to black sometime between the first film and this one. But as she often changes her hair color for roles its probably

As with the book, CATCHING FIRE, left me on the edge of my seat. Its very fast paced movie and it hits all the right notes . The score was perfect for the movie and it will fill you with hope and also dread as you see what all the tributes have to go through this time around. The ending left my friends a bit disappointed as it is a cliff hanger ending but as the book was the same way I didn’t mind as much. Plus I’ve already read MOCKINGJAY so I know how it all ends.

If you are a fan of the books or even just of the first movie then you will probably like this one as well. I liked CATCHING FIRE better than HUNGER GAMES in both movie and book formats. I’m still not really looking forward to MOCKINGJAY as it was my least favorite book though I think that the story will translate better on film than in print. I just wish that it wasn’t following the trend of bilking the movie goer by splitting it up into two parts. There is no need for it to be two parts.

 

My Recommendation: Worth seeing in the theatres.

 

irishdarkblue
four-stars

One Response to “Movie Thoughts: Catching Fire”

  1. Vivien

    I definitely enjoyed it! As far as adaptations go, I thought they did a great job. I didn’t like the expansion of Gale either. I just didn’t think it was necessary. All this extra kissing felt so odd. However, it did make me cry and I did love most of it. So well done. Though I do with they had chosen someone younger than Jennifer Lawrence.