Movie Review - Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire

Saturday, December 14, 2013

(If you haven't read my first post, you should before reading on. If not, you will miss out something.)

The premise of hunger games is awesome - because its' story uniquely appeals to both guys and girls, just like Harry Potter. I have fervently read all 3 of the hunger games series because YOU JUST WANNA KNOW WHETHER THE CAPITOL WINS OR OUR AWESOME BOW-GIRL WINS.

"I hope that bird gets into my line of sight soon.. BECAUSE MY NOSE ITCHES"

Movie Title - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Genre:   + (It means Action + Science-fiction)

Synopsis: This movie is a classic portrayal of human rights in a dystopian era. Our Katniss, after winning her first hunger games with her "love interest" Peeta, finally gets to enjoy her victory... or will she? Cannot be right, if not how to have Part II? Catching fire is aptly named - wai our mockingjay catch fire? What did she do to land herself into hot soup? At the end of the first movie, we can see that President Snow already buay song with her. What kind of things will President Snow plan to ensure the demise of this symbol that is causing the uprising in the different districts?

Review: Everytime a book gets rewritten into a movie, there are bound to be comparisons from the movie critics as well as book fans about how the movie is not as good as the movie. Every. Single. Time. Let's get this fact straight once and for all: A movie can never be as good as the book. Hashtag this. #amoviecanneverbeasgoodasthebook

For example, in the book, we can understand the morality struggles Katniss face with this paragraph:

It's stupid, I know, that his efforts make me so vexed. All I wanted was to keep Peeta alive, and I couldn't and Finnick could, and I should be nothing but grateful. And I am. But I am also furious because it means I will never stop owing Finnick Odair. Ever. So how can I kill him in his sleep?"

These feelings from the protagonist are what made us so invested with the characters in the books, but try portraying these sort of inner feelings in a movie.. no wayyyy. #amoviecanneverbeasgoodasthebook

But this movie? The director, Francis Lawrence, made a faithful adaptation to the book, squeezing in every little details from the book whenever he can. The first half of the movie explains why Katniss/Catnip is thrown into the games again. I have read some reviews that people find the first hour of the movie totally boring. Uhhh, so you just want to watch the game itself without knowing waiii is she back into the arena? Might as well just go watch pro-wrestling? Right?

The plot before the game is interesting as we see how the story develops and thickens with our mockingjay fighting President Snow+ Gamemaker. 1 versus 2. You can feel the anguish and the helplessness when she witness all the things the evil people at the Capitol do to her loved ones. All these pent up anger will finally culminate at the Arena when she does something to ruin the game.. again(?). Superbly awesome, that scene. 

And for girls - Gale (Liam Hemsworth) is super handsome. I can't decide who is more handsome though, Liam or Chris Hemsworth (THOR)? 

Stay back for: No ending credits, but stay back for the soundtrack from Coldplay - Atlas, which was nominated in the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for Motion Picture. (or you can just YouTube lah)

Rating (out of 5 Evilbeans):

The same director is going to direct the last and final TWO parts of the Hunger Games! Looks like this is the norm for the movie industry isn't it - split the trilogy into two parts, earn more money. But as long as the screenplay and directing remains as good as this, I seriously don't mind seeing more Katniss and her bow. 

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