I love The Hunger Games Trilogy as much as I loved the Harry Potter series. I had been waiting for catching fire for so long and planned to watch it the moment it’s released in the cinemas. Unfortunately I had classes that day and I had to wait ‘till weekend.
Yesterday, I finally watched with my ‘brad’.
The best thing about Catching Fire is that it is a perfect movie adaptation of the book. Plot/scene omissions and alterations are at minimal. It’s really like seeing the book come to life.
The movie opened with Katniss thinking back to her traumatic days in the arena. Within less than ten minutes into the movie, Katniss and Gale share a kiss. The movie progressed from Katniss and Peeta’s tour around the Districts to Panem and their ‘pretend’ love story to their struggles inside the arena for the Quarter Quell. The movie closed with Katniss grieving and raging at once for the destruction for District 12.
I can not stress enough how great the movie was done. Every scene was powerful, emotion-inducing and very heartfelt. The drama of the actors evoked the right emotions from the audience, I could hear ‘aww’ in heart-warming and romantic scenes and some ‘wtf’ and ‘oh my god’ in intense/ violent scenes.
The acting of all the characters were powerful- their emotions were raw and unrestrained, it’s like literally ‘feeling’ for them. I felt myself hating President Snow, grieving for the loss of Mags, feeling pain and confusion.
The part where all the victors held hands was just plain awesome. Also, the scenes depicting the rebellion and small uprisings was great. It was so relatable, I personally had a moment of wondering whether our world would soon transform into that of Panem.
The tagline THE ODDS ARE NEVER IN OUR FAVOR was very powerful and genious.
Jennifer Lawrence played the part of Katniss so well it’s like she’s a complete person all together. Jennifer’s strong personality and her amazing acting gave life to Katniss. I could imagine any other actress who would have given the Katniss character better justice.
The agony and pain of Peeta for his unrequited love for Katniss was very heart-felt. And yes, I’m Team Peeta.
Eat you heart out Gale.
Even if you haven’t read the book, you can still understand what was happening. The way the story unfolds was flawless and the acting was unrestrained, with clear emotions.
Over all, The Catching Fire was worth the wait and the money. Saying the movie was great would be a very severe understatement. But with the way the movie ended, I now can no longer wait for Mocking Jay.
In comparison to the Hunger Games, Catching Fire is more intense, the production people didn’t hold back and the characters have matured.
If I had some sort of position in the movie industry, I would have voted The Hunger Games Trilogy as the best movie adaptation of the book and I would hail give Jennifer Lawrence the best actress.
Three words- Watch Catching Fire.