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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.

 

Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire and Mockingjay

As you already know, I don’t really review the books in the usual sense but talk mostly about what I enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy).

And I REALLY enjoyed The Hunger Games series. 🙂

The books are actually incredibly dark and well, pessimistic but you kind of lose sight of that while reading, as the story is gripping and the setting, although on Earth, is a future we are not familiar with so it’s easy to forget the madness, grayness and cruelty going on.

One of the things that I always consider a sign that the book is good is when I cannot guess what will happen next. And although it wasn’t difficut to guess there will be some rebels against Panem (there are always rebels in societies like that) and that the District 13 is probably alive, I didn’t know what to expect from the rest, or how the story might resolve.
Both in Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

The only thing I guessed was the political fallout in Mockingjay (I was very proud when that turned out to be like I imagined). But just that, the fallout, nothing of the story around it.

And speaking of the story, I must say Mrs. Collins is an incredible story-teller. Oh, she surprised me there, I admit.
You’re reading and reading, and cannot stop and you’re completely in the story and then when the emotional turmoil hits you (the reader), you’re left wondering where did that come from?!
It came from Mrs. Collins’ incredible words.

The fact is, her words convey more than just the plain story, there are emotions hidden deep in there so until they burst forth, you have no idea they were there in the first place.

Somewhat like the rebellion Katniss causes without realizing she is the spark that was missing. The girl on fire, or a well placed word, and before you know it, your world rocks on its axis.
But not to worry, the rocking is for the good. Albeit the process is bloody and tragic.

And yesterday I saw the movie and I must say I am impressed with how much they stuck to the story and elaborated some points that become clear in Catching Fire.

The problem now is, when is the next movie coming out?

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