Last night, I watched The Hunger Games part 2: Catching Fire. I was so excited, and couldn't wait for another dose of Jennifer Lawrence amazing-ness (who doesn't love her?!) However, I wasn't sure what to expect from the film itself. If I'm honest - The Hunger Games left me wanting. It wasn't the film I thought it would be... I thought it lacked threat, missed some very important plot points, and failed to explain with any satisfaction the motives and reasons for the Capitol.
I am so happy to say Catching Fire is everything The Hunger Games wasn't - and more! It was brilliant! I was on the edge of my seat for most of the film (despite obviously knowing what happens!) and really felt that this time, President Snow and the Capitol posed palpable evil deadliness.
J-Law was once again the perfect Katniss. I'm sure there will be gifs aplenty of "the lift scene" face! She provided a lot of emotion and a lot of strength in the role once more, and by the end had transformed completely into the symbol of the revolution. Equally brilliant was Jena Malone as the feisty Johanna - my favourite character in Catching Fire. There just isn't enough of her!
The supporting "games" team; Effie, Haymitch and Cinna are on top form. The only criticism I have of Catching Fire is that Cinna didn't get enough of a build-up before his departure... It didn't have that striking blow that I felt it had in the book, which his such a shame.
The experience of watching the film was a visual treat. The arena was perfect - exactly how I'd imagined it when reading - and the effects were seamless (I loved the haunting movement of the poisonous gas). The fashion - oh! The fashion! - it was like a special part of fashion week reserved for Capitol Dramatic! I wanted all of Katniss' dresses!
Overall the film felt darker, more tense, more brutal and above all "mounting". The end shot is excellent. I am already in the queue for Mockingjay part 1 ;)
Have you seen Catching Fire? What did you think?!
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Emma is a designer living in Bristol, UK. A self-confessed stationery addict, book lover and TV sci-fi geek, she enjoys sketching zombie-eyed women and finding her next source of inspiration in the pages on the bookshelf.