I knew this movie would be good. About 99% positive. I just didn’t know it would be THIS good. It was fantastic.
I’ll try to keep this review short, because who am I kidding? Most people are going to see it. As they should.
I did not absolutely CRAZY FANGIRL LOVE the first one when I initially saw it. Don’t freak out. I love it now, but it did take a few more viewings.
Catching Fire is a vast improvement to the already great first installment of The Hunger Games franchise. The visual effects are stunning (congratulations on a bigger budget). The costumes are absolutely fantastic. The cinematography was………..just…….I didn’t even know cinematography this gorgeous was allowed in hugely popular young adult movies! A scene that comes to mind is when Katniss and Peeta are on a beach, ankle deep in water, having just watched a tribute die. There is a shot of their silhouettes against the water and blue-gray sky that is just glorious.
Jennifer Lawrence is spectacular as always. Sam Claflin (Finnick) is the PERFECT addition to this cast. It was weird not hearing his British accent, but he mastered getting rid of it. Even Jena Malone was great, and I don’t even like her that much. The one thing I wanted the movie to do that the book didn’t………..was to make me like Peeta more than Gale. Yep. Peeta wins. Never in a million years did I think I would find that annoying little kid from Zathura attractive. Nice job Hutcherson.
Oh screw it. I’m not even going to try…………all you need to know is……..I CRAZY FANGIRL LOVED this movie. There were tears. Fangirl squeals. I became a 15 year old girl.