Hunger Games – Catching Fire

Ooh Laa laa!
I have to say that I did enjoy The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mocking Jay books when I read them and found them to be easy reads because the plot grabs the reader by the throat and pulls them along. It’s not my favourite series, but I was excited for the movies.
On Monday, David and I saw Catching Fire at a VIP theatre, and the movie did not disappoint.
The world building at the start of the movie, setting up for the next two movies was well paced, and they did a good enough job with exposition. I say good enough because David wasn’t confused by the story, and he has never read the books. I felt the need to fill him in on some scenes and devices that I thought were necessary in the book to understand some of the characters and plot points. He said that for the most part he picked up on it. The one element that fell very short was President Snow and the white roses. I’ll come back to that in a bit.
I loved the way the movie ended. It’s such an unfair ending, but it is totally fitting with the way the book ended too. It’s so frustratingly good. Jennifer Lawrence did such a great job in this again, and I actually liked Josh Hutcherson as Peeta more this time around. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket and Lenny Kravitz as Cinna all were awesome again.
Would I see this movie again? Yep. I think I liked it more than The Hunger Games.

SPOILER BELOW! if you’ve read the books it’s not a spoiler

I hope that was enough warning. In the book President Snow surrounds himself with white roses to mask the smell of blood, but it never quite works. In the movie, they tried to convey this, but it didn’t work. I guess without smell-o-visionn it would be really hard to convey and I’m really glad we don’t have that technology. Instead, the one reference they did make to him and blood was just confusing.

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