So I went to see Catching Fire yesterday… and it was actually, honestly, a very good representation of the book!
Jena Malone and Sam Caflin nailed their parts. I was hesitant about associating Sam with Finnick, but he pulled it off amazingly, capturing the anguish that all the victors shared towards the Games and still playing the lightheartedness and flirty Finnick that readers have fallen in love with. Jena was astonishing as well. Perhaps it was the way her voice sounds, but she could speak emotions with her voice and her appearance and the jaunty eyebrows gave her a ruthless and dark look to her.
Obviously, they cut out some parts. The bread parachute from District 4, the real reason for Gale’s whipping. But those are small things! And nothing like what was missed in the first Hunger Games, which was sort of a letdown. The only thing I wished they did better was the addition of the two girls from District 13, who introduced them to it. Instead, the movie just blurted out that District 13 existed at the very end of the play, without giving any background. Other than that, I am completely satisfied.
Also, I enjoyed many of the shot perspectives. The hanging of Plutarch Heavensbee as imagined by Katniss was much more creepy than I personally assumed it was. The reactions of Katniss and Peeta towards finding out about the Quarter Quell. Even Effie, trying to hold back her tears, as she said goodbye was a heart wrenching moment.
The movie left me feeling exhausted, but in a good way. Not sure if I’d watch it again, but simply amazing by itself. Truly, it does the book justice… almost. 🙂
Also, shout out to Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta to perfection always. And a gracious salute towards the ever-wonderful Jennifer Lawrence.