So I have been super excited for this movie to come out. My manager at work knows this as I have been putting in my request for the 21st off since March, though every time she turns it back saying it was too soon. Well end of October I not only had my day approved off and plans with my Midnight Showing peoples, though now they have the showings at 8pm so it messes with our name, and my tickets. For those of you who live under a rock, Catching Fire, is the sequel to The Hunger Games (my past review) and the 2nd book in the trilogy by Suzanne Collins (my review of the books).
For me Catching Fire was simply AMAZING! Yes I am biased, due to the love I have for the series but still. Yes there were differences from the book, some of the main ones behind in continuity with how they ended/changed book/movie 1. For instance Peeta doesn't have his leg amputated at the end of book 1, so clearly he doesn't have that. But over all everything flowed and it picked up after the first one just before the victors tour. As a book nerd I would have loved some more details on the whole her and Peeta thing but they gave you enough but didn't bog it down and kept everything moving along.
We pick up just before the Victors Tour, before the next Games. Though thanks to her defiance, now Snow has it in for her and they create a new game. This is after all the 75th Games, the Quarter Quill and that demands a special game. Their solution to make them special and eradicate the problem of Katniss and her species, the other victors per Snow, is to reap the contestants from the pool of victors. Yep that guarantees Katniss is back again being the only female victor of district 12. Now you are matched not just with competitors but people who have already won, already killed.
We still have out favorite characters, Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Effie, Cinna, Snow (come on you love to hate him), and some new ones as well. Katniss is a tough girl who has spent her whole life trying to survive and now she is dealing with the aftermath of what the games did to her and this whole boy thing. How is she supposed to have those feelings when her life and the lives of her family are in constant threat of loss, very rational. Still she does care for both Peeta and Gail for different reasons and neither of which she completely understands which I liked. It was a different take on the whole triangle romance. She has her own junk to deal with so to speak. Peeta, oh my Peeta, such a sweetie, so in love but hurt because he thought it was 100% real and unsure where to go. He grows some more, it's hard not to when put through something like the games, and in that respect he can understand what haunts Katniss. Haymitch, our drunken mentor from District 12, yes well he is a dear. There is a clear understanding of why he is the way that he is now, they can see why he numbs the pain. He also is torn trying to help both of them, both of his little birds even when their needs conflict. Okay so with District 7 we have Finnick and Mags. Mags is a sweet elderly woman who volunteers in the place of a younger woman and used to be FInnicks mentor. She doesn't speak but she steals the scenes she's in. FInnick sees to be a cool calculated contestant but his devotion to Mags shows a softer side (and I won't say more for fear of giving away something good). I'm not going to do everyone I just realized how long this would be, but I will quickly do Snow. He is the enemy, the President of the Capitol, who is in a war with the districts and himself. He has lost his so well crafted control and let loose a spark of Hope. In the books you don't get to see too much of him, just Katniss's reactions, but the movie does a good job of making this man so evil and sinister even while having midmorning tea.
Rating: 5 Flaming Arrows