This review is spoiler free, and mostly criticism free. Recently I saw Catching Fire, the second movie of the Hunger Games trilogy. I enjoyed the first movie, The Hunger Games and the second book of the trilogy was my favorite. Here are a few thoughts.
- The color tones of the movie are very good. I noticed this in the first one. District 12, our hero's home, was once white and clean but has been dirtied from the coal and the poverty. It's like white snow adjacent to the road that becomes gray and dirty as cars pass. It's the same for the other districts which have their own color tones. It's true of scenes in the Capital which are dark but artificially lit. It's true for the games arena too.
- My only critique of Jennifer Lawrence the actress, is that she can't move through the woods smoothly enough. She looks like a toddler moving down a set of stairs as she descends a pile of rocks. Everything else about her acting I enjoy very much. The looks, the questions, the action - all great.
- The actor cast for Finnick Odair was wonderful.
- The movie makers provided foreshadowing tidbits I very much enjoyed, most notably when Katniss dances with Plutarch.
- I read the books around 2011, here is one quote that stuck out at the time, and watching the movie two years later was perfect timing. I didn't remember so much that when things were left out I begrudged the filmmakers, but remembered enough to appreciate scenes like the one above.
- The ending left a lot of people frustrated. I was not one of those people (see above).
- That this series was written and completed before the movies was also nice. With Harry Potter I would read a book, then watch a movie, then read the next two books, then watch a movie. The Hunger Games trilogy is done and being able to consume the books - the better medium - first, and then watch the movies was nice.
I went with someone who had seen the first movie but has not read any of the books. He said he enjoyed the movie but was also one bemoaning the ending.