Opinion

Is Fire Catching?

By Maggie C.

As most of you probably know, I am obsessed with The Hunger Games (THG), and I am absolutely not exaggerating when I use the term obsessed. I actually have a cutout of Peeta in my room and I usually spend my weekends re-reading the series or re-watching the first movie. Knowing this about me you can probably imagine that I had very high expectations for the second THG movie, Catching Fire. After seeing it at the premier on Thursday, November 21st (and again the following Sunday), I have concluded that the movie was absolutely amazing, and perhaps better than the first one.

The first movie definitely had its faults. The deletion of the Mayors daughter Madge, left me bewildered since she was the one who gave Katniss the Mockingjay pin,  and was practically her only friend. Director Gary Ross also deleted the scene where Peeta’s father comes to visit her after the reaping, and there was little to no explanation of what an Avox was.

Clearly I was able to get past those faults, considering it is one of my favorite movies. But I think that the director of Catching Fire, Francis Lawrence, did an even better job. He nearly had me crying at multiple points in the movie and that is saying a lot considering I have never cried in a movie. Ever. Those tearjerking moments were followed by laughter from Johanna’s outburst on stage, and near screams when the Monkey’s showed up in Peeta’s face. I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire movie, especially when they were running from the poisonous fog.

The only problems that the movie had were ones that probably only someone who has read the books as much as I have would notice. Peeta and Katniss reuniting was a lot more dramatic in the book than it was in the movie, and when they found out they would be returning to the arena, Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch all trained for SIX months until the reaping. Instead of crying and hiding in the basement of one of the vacant homes in Victors Village as she did in the book, Everdeen took to the woods when she found out.

The scene where Everdeen meets the two women from District Eight hiding in the woods on their way to District Thirteen played a key role in the book, but was completely ignored in the movie. Her discovery of District Thirteen in the very end of the movie was far too casual, and there should have been some introduction to the possibility of the survival of the thirteenth district. They also skipped over her wedding dress photo shoot, and when Plutarch showed her the watch at Snow’s party. The whole thing felt a little bit rushed for such a long movie.

The one thing that bothered me the most about the whole movie was probably the least important. In the scene where Katniss proposes the idea of her and Peeta’s marriage, Katniss is supposed to say “What’s his problem?” when Peeta storms out of the room, followed by Haymitch saying “He wanted it to be real.” I know that in actuality it was not a really big deal and a viewer can infer that he wanted it to be real, considering he loves her, but that was my favorite line in the whole book and they just got rid of it like it was nothing.

I know including every last detail from the book would tack a lot of time on to the movie, but I would have stayed for an extra 45 minutes with absolutely no problem.

Although it may seem like I am tearing Catching Fire apart, I am really not. There were so many amazing parts and Jennifer Lawrence truly outdid herself. The new director did the best he could after Ross got rid of so many important things in the first movie. The scene on the beach when Peeta and Katniss talked about leaving the group near the end of the movie was something to be remembered. Both Lawrence’s, and Josh Hutcherson’s acting talents were portrayed beautifully and it really pulled on the heartstrings.

I also thought that all of the preparation in the Capitol just prior to the games was amazing. The painting of Rue done by Peeta, and Katniss’ hanging of Seneca Crane were exactly how I imagined them to be (although they left out the part when they both got zeros as a ranking), and do not even get me started on Katniss’ Mockingjay dress and all of the Victors’ holding hands because I am running out of adjectives.

Overall the casting of the movie had only one word to describe it: perfection. Who would have thought Thad Castle from Blue Mountain State would make such a good Gloss! But really, Sam Claflin was an amazing Finnick, despite his subtle british accent when he yelled, “Annie!” during the JabberJay scene. I could go on naming how great every actor was at his/her part but as I said before, I am running out of adjectives and this article would turn into four pages.

All in all, Catching Fire was an amazing movie, so if you have not seen it yet, go. If you have already seen it, go again. If you hate THG for some weird reason, go anyways because Jennifer Lawrence is in it and I think that alone is a good enough reason.

As most of you probably know, I am obsessed with The Hunger Games (THG), and I am absolutely not exaggerating when I use the term obsessed. I actually have a cutout of Peeta in my room and I usually spend my weekends re-reading the series or re-watching the first movie. Knowing this about me you can probably imagine that I had very high expectations for the second THG movie, Catching Fire. After seeing it at the premier on Thursday, November 21st (and again the following Sunday), I have concluded that the movie was absolutely amazing, and perhaps better than the first one.

The first movie definitely had its faults. The deletion of the Mayors daughter Madge, left me bewildered since she was the one who gave Katniss the Mockingjay pin,  and was practically her only friend. Director Gary Ross also deleted the scene where Peeta’s father comes to visit her after the reaping, and there was little to no explanation of what an Avox was.

Clearly I was able to get past those faults, considering it is one of my favorite movies. But I think that the director of Catching Fire, Francis Lawrence, did an even better job. He nearly had me crying at multiple points in the movie and that is saying a lot considering I have never cried in a movie. Ever. Those tearjerking moments were followed by laughter from Johanna’s outburst on stage, and near screams when the Monkey’s showed up in Peeta’s face. I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire movie, especially when they were running from the poisonous fog.

The only problems that the movie had were ones that probably only someone who has read the books as much as I have would notice. Peeta and Katniss reuniting was a lot more dramatic in the book than it was in the movie, and when they found out they would be returning to the arena, Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch all trained for SIX months until the reaping. Instead of crying and hiding in the basement of one of the vacant homes in Victors Village as she did in the book, Everdeen took to the woods when she found out.

The scene where Everdeen meets the two women from District Eight hiding in the woods on their way to District Thirteen played a key role in the book, but was completely ignored in the movie. Her discovery of District Thirteen in the very end of the movie was far too casual, and there should have been some introduction to the possibility of the survival of the thirteenth district. They also skipped over her wedding dress photo shoot, and when Plutarch showed her the watch at Snow’s party. The whole thing felt a little bit rushed for such a long movie.

The one thing that bothered me the most about the whole movie was probably the least important. In the scene where Katniss proposes the idea of her and Peeta’s marriage, Katniss is supposed to say “What’s his problem?” when Peeta storms out of the room, followed by Haymitch saying “He wanted it to be real.” I know that in actuality it was not a really big deal and a viewer can infer that he wanted it to be real, considering he loves her, but that was my favorite line in the whole book and they just got rid of it like it was nothing.

I know including every last detail from the book would tack a lot of time on to the movie, but I would have stayed for an extra 45 minutes with absolutely no problem.

Although it may seem like I am tearing Catching Fire apart, I am really not. There were so many amazing parts and Jennifer Lawrence truly outdid herself. The new director did the best he could after Ross got rid of so many important things in the first movie. The scene on the beach when Peeta and Katniss talked about leaving the group near the end of the movie was something to be remembered. Both Lawrence’s, and Josh Hutcherson’s acting talents were portrayed beautifully and it really pulled on the heartstrings.

I also thought that all of the preparation in the Capitol just prior to the games was amazing. The painting of Rue done by Peeta, and Katniss’ hanging of Seneca Crane were exactly how I imagined them to be (although they left out the part when they both got zeros as a ranking), and do not even get me started on Katniss’ Mockingjay dress and all of the Victors’ holding hands because I am running out of adjectives.

Overall the casting of the movie had only one word to describe it: perfection. Who would have thought Thad Castle from Blue Mountain State would make such a good Gloss! But really, Sam Claflin was an amazing Finnick, despite his subtle british accent when he yelled, “Annie!” during the JabberJay scene. I could go on naming how great every actor was at his/her part but as I said before, I am running out of adjectives and this article would turn into four pages.

All in all, Catching Fire was an amazing movie, so if you have not seen it yet, go. If you have already seen it, go again. If you hate THG for some weird reason, go anyways because Jennifer Lawrence is in it and I think that alone is a good enough reason.

 

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