When I read the Hunger Games trilogy in 2012, I remember being unable to stop reading. This is one of my (many) favorite book series. I loved the first movie, despite how surprised I was by some of the changes, especially Peeta not losing his leg. I had been eager to see the second movie but was unable to catch it when it first came out. When it came out on DVD afterwards, I wasn’t in the right mindset to watch it. I had the want and need to finally watch it after recently seeing Divergent and being reminded of my love for the fictional universe created by Suzanne Collins.
I loved The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It was beautifully done and it was a great execution of the book content. The actors were still great for their roles, both the returning ones and the newcomers. I didn’t think that Sam Claflin was a bad choice for Finnick. I almost liked him better in the movie than in the books. I think he is an interesting character, but he isn’t a favorite of mine. From the main cast introduced in the first movie, I still love the whole group, but I want to give a special mention to Josh Hutcherson who impressed and touched me so much as Peeta.
The visuals were stunning and extremely creative. The score still gave me chills. I had so many feels watching this movie, even though I saw it over the course of a few days, for I had other things pop up and was watching it with my father. I had teary eyes on a regular basis in it. I had liked Elizabeth Banks as Effie in the first movie, but she gave even more to the character in this one, and I didn’t expect to care so much for Effie. As for Cinna’s death, I can’t even begin. This was the worst moment for me in the books, and Lenny Kravitz’s performance is stellar as Cinna and I knew right when watching the first movie that I’d jump on my box of tissues for that scene in the second movie. I was proven right.
I loved this movie and I can’t wait for the third one to come out, and I hope I can catch this one on the big screen. Book adaptations are always tricky, but overall, I think they’ve been doing a really solid job with the Hunger Games so far.