Hunger Games: Catching Fire (the movie)

I was very lucky to win tickets to the Croatian premiere of the movie so I watched it yesterday. For the first time. I believe there will be another movie date for the same movie in the near future. 😉

I guess that tells you enough of what I think of it. 🙂

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I’ve read the books quite some time ago (I do think I’ll be reading them again) and loved them. Now I watched the first two movies of the series, I can say I’m happy with how much they are sticking to the story and that Jennifer Lawrence deserved the Oscar she received.

The movie is a ride from the start to the finish, even the parts where the story is not action-packed, it’s either emotionally or atmospherically strong.

Jennifer brought the Katniss from the book to such unbelievable life that I actually understood more of the book character while watching the movie, than I did when I was reading it. The same parts that is. In the end, I understood that Katniss is a force to reckon with just because she is a girl who wants to love her life in peace with her family and will do anything to protect them (I wonder if she would be Scorpio, I don’t remember if the date of her birth is given in the book).

Katniss is an incredibly well written character and very different from what we as YA readers are used to. And Jennifer brought it all to life as if she was born to be Katniss.

I find it difficult to put my thoughts into words as I’m still reeling from the movie. The bad thing? I know what to expect in the next movies and I’m scared of the emotional backlash it will cause. The good thing? I get to see 2 more movies

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starring these wonderful actors. And they are all truly great in the way they brought the book to life.

The most incredible thing? The life-like feel of the movie. The fact that you can see Effie’s make-up the way it would look up close if you were standing there. People generally looking like they would if you saw them  on the street. The slow turn of the tides, caused by Katniss being Katniss. I wish I could say more on that subject but it would spoil the future films for the people who haven’t read the books.

If you have a chance, do read them. The background will be better explained and the politics around the story will start to take shape.

And speaking of politics, Donald Sutherland made sure President Snow is portrayed in perfect unison with the book. Masterful!

Just watching the two of them acting and interacting (Donald and Jennifer) makes it a worthwhile trip to the cinema.

If you’ve seen the movie, do let me know what you thought. 🙂effie

P.S. Honorable mentions for being great in bringing characters to life go to: Woody Harrelson for Haymitch, Elizabeth Banks for Effie, Jena Malone for Johanna, Sam Claflin for Finnick and of course, Josh Hutcherson for Peeta.

 

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10 thoughts on “Hunger Games: Catching Fire (the movie)

  1. bloodyfrida November 20, 2013 at 22:15 Reply

    Hey Ines: I haven’t seen this one yet (I did really enjoy the first film), and haven’t read the books. I will put the books on my ‘to read’ list – thanks!

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    • Ines November 24, 2013 at 13:32 Reply

      If you have a chance, do read them. I loved them. 🙂
      And then let me know what you thought of them.

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      • bloodyfrida November 24, 2013 at 14:58 Reply

        I will! I saw Jennifer Lawrence on David Letterman the other night – she’s absolutely adorable.

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        • Ines November 27, 2013 at 13:50 Reply

          She is! I love how normal in all that Hollywood glitter she is.

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  2. meg November 23, 2013 at 05:41 Reply

    This is great to hear! I was so impressed with the first movie, both the characters and how visually stunning it was. Thanks for the review! I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. 🙂

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    • Ines November 24, 2013 at 13:34 Reply

      Hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂
      I plan on watching it again soon.

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  3. Erica Dakin November 27, 2013 at 00:38 Reply

    My favourite part was Katniss’ face when Johanna takes her kit off in the lift. Priceless. =)

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    • Ines November 27, 2013 at 13:51 Reply

      Oh, I loved the guys faces there as well. 😀
      Truly, the whole movie has some great acting. But the scene that made me realize how great Jennifer is in acting is the last scene of the movie. I’ve read the books and I know what was going through her mind but even if I haven’t, it was obvious on her face.

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  4. Natalie November 27, 2013 at 03:22 Reply

    I have not read these yet, but I plan to. Good to know that the movies are good as well.

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    • Ines November 27, 2013 at 13:53 Reply

      I do hope you do both. 🙂 I’m not sure what would be better, reading then watching or vice versa. In any case, let me know what you thought. 🙂

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