Monday, January 6, 2014

Movie Review: Catching Fire

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For my birthday this year I wanted just a simple date night with my wife. We went to the Hanger in Amherst order beer and wings and then went to the movies to watch Catching Fire. Throughout this post you will not see (other than right now) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. That is not the name of the book and Lionsgate thinks that people are stupid because they won’t know that Catching Fire is the second book in the trilogy that Suzanne Collins wrote. Now that I got that off my chest let’s review the movie without giving away too much information.

Catching Fire picks up a few months after the Hunger Games, Katniss is trying to get back to her life in District 12. Halfway between the yearly games the victors from the previous year have to go on a tour to honor the victims of the other districts. Since Katniss and Peeta showed up the Capital, President Snow shows up at Katniss and tells her to convince him that Peeta and Katniss are still madly in love. Since he knows that Katniss is not the person who everyone thinks she is.

As the tour progresses things get out of hand which leads to the Quarter Quell where the Gamemaker suggests that only past victors can compete. As the movie progresses the story gets better and better. The actors who are added to the cast are wonderful in their roles, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jeffrey Wright. 

With Catching Fire as my favorite out of the three books, I had no doubt that if this movie was done right it would be my favorite and so far it is without a doubt.

Some might complain about the things that are different, I think Entertainment Weekly did an article about the things that are missing. While some purist will cry foul, the things that are different are worth it and make the story still work. With a couple of the changes they would have to add at least a half hour, if not more to explain the scenes. Sometimes book scenes work in the movies and sometimes they don't (I am thinking of you Harry Potter movies). Overall this movie was excellent and you need to see it.

Catching Fire: Solid A

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