The Girl on fire strickes again

I’ve been a little short on movie-watching last year and I’m starting to catch up. First, it was The Hobbit and yesterday was time for another big sequel: The Hunger Games: Catching fire.

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The premise of a Survivor style deathmatch where regular people have to fight to the death is very interesting. There’s so much potential for suspense, action, drama, betrayal, etc. And I was not disappointed inΒ The Hunger Games: Catching fire. Sure, they left out a few moments from the book, but the visuals were fantastic and the cast was great with both old and new blood, including Woody Harrelson as Katniss and Peeta’s mentor, Sam Claflin as the charming Finnick Odair and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the imaginative new games master. Donald Sutherland returns as the villainous President Snow, his soft spoken exterior concealing his brutal nature.The weakest part for me is the attempted love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale. It pales in comparison to the wider struggle of the story and is perhaps wisely downplayed. However, I enjoyed the arena and the new tributes immensely.

All in all, a great entertaining sequel. Can’t wait for the Mockingjay!

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13 thoughts on “The Girl on fire strickes again

  1. I really enjoyed these books, and even taught The Hunger Games in one of my classes. Your review is spot-on, and yes, the movie, Mockingjay, is likely to be very good! I will reread the book closer to its release in the theaters.

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  2. Saw both The Hobbit and Catching Fire over Christmas. The Hobbit was a letdown for me because it was the most obviously padded out from bits of Lord of The Rings and the appendices and Orlando Bloom was pretty unnecessary.

    Catching Fire was brilliant and I’m going to say something as an English teacher that is damn near blasphemy: I think I liked the film better. Don’t get me wrong. The story was great and I was hooked on the books, but I was still very conscious of the fact that at points, it reminded me of a well-written student story, very descriptive, unsubtle, and a bit clunky. The film is none of these things.

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    • I enjoyed the Hobbit but that is because I knew what to expect as I saw it very recently.
      As to Catching fire, I like your point f view. I read the trilogy all in one gulp and I enjoyed it immensely. However, If I take my time I have the feeling I’ll be on the same page with you.

      Thanks for sharing your views πŸ™‚

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