Catching Fire Review

30 Nov

I went to see the latest installment in the Hunger Games series on Saturday. I love, love, love these books and the first movie had been very well done so I was super excited to go see this.

It had received rave reviews and I was not disappointed.  The acting was excellent on all fronts, they stayed very true to the book and the special effects were fantastic.  I probably don’t need to sell this movie too much, many people already are wanting to see it and have been.  If you were on the fence though though, go see it in the theater.  Also, if you haven’t read the books, do that too!  These books are really easy reads.

In preparation for the release of catching fire I re-read the book.  One thing that I’ll note is that when I read the books I was totally team Peeta.  After seeing the first movie, I started to kinda go, well, Gale wouldn’t be bad.  After this one, I appreciate Gale even more.  I’m still team Peeta, however, I get the appeal of Gale.  Maybe it’s because a Hemsworth is playing the part!

I love the addition of the new characters in this installment.  Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Johanna (Jenna Malone) are awesome, they both had some scene stealing moments.  The returning characters were also fantastic.  I always enjoy seeing Lenny Kravitz on screen as Cinna.  Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, Elizabeth Banks as Effie, Stanley Tucci as Caesar and of course the trio, Josh, Liam and Jennifer (Peeta, Gale and Katniss).  All together, these folks really pulled it off.

One thing I will say is that if you haven’t read the books, the ending of this movie may seem unsatisfying.  I heard some people leaving the theater saying that they didn’t like how it ended, but it ended exactly as it did in the book.  It is really important to the overall story but like most middle books, it’s a means to an end.

Again, go see this movie, it really was very good.  In case you didn’t know, they are breaking up the last book into two movies (of course they are, they know people like me will go out and see both).  The next one is due out in 2014 and the last installment in 2015.  So not too long to wait!

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