Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Posted: December 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Sure the Hunger Games trilogy might not ideally be horror, but since there is really a lack of movies out in theaters right now and because I just finished the book and recently watched the movie; and frankly its my blog and I can do what I want with it.

So here’s my review of Hunger Games: Catching Fire:

I was a fan of the movie The Hunger Games over the book.  This time, I feel both mediums have their merits and their faults.  I find myself beginning to hate the main character Katniss.  The constant indecision, whining and pining over two boys, etc.  She is supposed to be this strong, kick-ass character who would prefer shooting your eye out than dating.  I felt that in the book, she often had her priorities all twisted and she lost her focus. 

The good thing about the movie is that I did not have to hear the inner dialogue of Katniss, this is a huge plus in my book.  The book does well in broadening the scope that is Panem.  Katniss and Peeta go on a Victory Tour and we get a taste of some of the other districts.  In fact the Victory Tour takes up about half of the book, along with the underlying plot that President Snow is Super-pissed at Katniss for her stunt that she pulled at the last Hunger Games. Her job on the tour is to appease Prez. Snow and try and calm down the other districts (there are rumblings of revolution and rebellion against the Capitol).

Here is the fault of the movie, they speed through the Victory Tour, not allowing the audience a chance to see the vastness of Panem as well as denying them to learn of anger from the other districts towards the Capitol.  Another fault of the movie is a key scene from the book in which Katniss goes hunting to clear her head and hikes towards an abandoned cabin her dad takes her to.

It is in this scene that she runs into two refugees who are running away from their district to District 13.  The fabled District 13, which was explained that it was utterly destroyed and its ruins left an example to the other districts of the Capitol’s power.  So anyways, there are rumors that people still live in District 13.  It is becoming a mecca for refugees of other districts.  Surely, the Capitol knows about this, so why does District 13 continue to exist?  I’ll get to that in just a second.  So the movie only briefly mentions District 13 at the end when the stolen hovercraft is heading towards it as safe destination.  If you go in cold, not reading any of the source material, then you could not grasp the gravity of Katniss and her allies heading towards District 13, which falls squarely on shoulders of the filmmakers.

So back to my question, why is District 13 so important for the rebellion?  In the book, it is explained that District 13 had the potential to make NUCLEAR WEAPONS!  As a filmmaker, how the hell do you leave this tidbit out?!?!?

Catching Fire has a difficult job, both as a book and as a movie.  Sequels are easy.  Amp up the action, allow for returning characters to grow, present more vicious villains and challenges.  Catching Fire is not a sequel, its a part 2 of a trilogy, which can be difficult to pull off.  It is the setup and the transition.  You make the character grow as well as setup for the final climax.  If you can combine elements from both book and movie, you would have a tremendous part 2.

The best part from both mediums is the end scene, which is visually gratifying.  Katniss is put through Hell once more.  More emotional baggage is piled on.  In the movie, she is awakened, given some shitty news and she takes it like the hero she shall become.  The final look at the camera will give you goosebumps.

I’d like to end this with a little quip, parodied from the college humor Batman videos on YouTube.  To make it a bit more humorous, I suggest reading this in your best Batman voice:

President Snow!

Katniss is alive

And she’s–

Super pissed.

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