Catching Fire Review!

I was lucky enough to nab awesome seats at the 8pm November 21st premiere of Catching Fire. As promised, here is my review (I’m going to steer clear of major spoilers).

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You heard me right. That sentence is my response because there are no words good enough for this movie. Honestly, most book to movie transitions have some pretty searing problems that non-fans will tend to steer clear of the franchise. However, Catching Fire shows that it does not have to be the case. There are plenty of nods to Gary Ross’s Hunger Games film through some interesting and gritty cinematography in the districts but high style in the extreme while in the capitol.

There is also PLENTY for the book lovers to enjoy. In fact, there were somethings I was SURE they were going to cut out that they ended up leaving in. Also, there were some quick, subtle nods to themes in the source material (think blood and roses). The movie is not just for book fans though. It flows easily enough that everyone will be able to understand what is going on and be truly influenced by the emotions. I cried about half a dozen times myself (then again that victory tour scene from district 11 always gets to me). The casting of new characters was EXTRAORDINARY. If we’re all going to be truthful here, I could definitely see Jena Malone as Johanna Mason (super angry and boisterous but just a lost little girl). The same goes for Sam Claflin as Finnick–all fun and games until it comes to a certain pair of ladies. As always, Jennifer Lawrence was incredible. Then, Josh Hutcherson has stepped up (I think age might have helped a little) to the point where his character’s inner conflict of loving Katniss but knowing it is mostly an act on her side is truly visible this time around.

Overall, just watch it. Really. Seriously. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!

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