Run Time: 146 minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Not many of you know this but I am a die-hard Hunger Games fan! I was introduced to the first film through a post on Full Sail University’s website about two former graduates, Jeff Wallace and Chrys Blackstone, who worked on the film. Always one to support a fellow Full Sailor, I went to see the film and was instantly captivated. That night I bought the entire series on Kindle and read the whole thing in three days. Needless to say I was anxious for “Catching Fire” to be completed and released, I even had a count down on my iPad!
On November 22, 2013 at 12:01am I found myself seated in a midnight showing of “Catching Fire”. To say that I wanted to see this movie more than I wanted to be well rested for my 5am drive to work would mean that I am a citizen of The Capitol and I’m not willing to admit that. . . not yet anyway. To say I was completely rapt would be an understatement. The film was superb, brilliant, vivid, nerve-wrecking (even though I’d read the story twice) and full of emotion but. . . I was also left with a few questions. . .
- Why didn’t they show Plutarch’s mockingjay watch?
- Why did it feel as if they sped up the whole arena portion?
- Why do all of the actors seem “too young” compared to the way the book portrayed them?
- Why did Mags have teeth?
- Cinna didn’t really look dead, is he coming back then?
I know that to some these questions might seem absurd but, to a Hunger Games aficionado, these things were important. Believe me, I understand that not everything that is in the book is going to get into a movie but some points, I feel, are necessary to help drive the movie along. Maybe the watch was left out so that the audience would really be surprised when they saw Katniss being rescued. Maybe they decided not to kill Cinna *cough* because he’s hot *cough* because he was so important to Katniss. Maybe the other Victors were of the more recent variety. . . Eh. . .
All in all this film was AMAZING! I saw it twice the first day it premiered and it’s going to be in my DVD collection the moment it hits the stores! If you haven’t seen it yet (why are you on this planet?) GO SEE IT!