Guess what? I finally saw Catching Fire. I actually went to a theatre. I’m so cool. I was super excited for this movie, because I have read tons of exciting things about it. Now that I have seen it, I can safely say that everything I thought was wrong with the first movie has been resolved.
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Book: This book picks up where The Hunger Games leaves off. The plot is kind of lame actually, as far as plots go, because it is mainly a redux of the first book. What happens? Another Hunger Games. Woot.
Movie: When I saw the movie, I actually forgot what the book was about. I thought what happens in the third book happened in the second. However, I thought the movie stuck quite well to the plot overall. Nothing that I remember really liking from the book was absent from the movie. I think they played up the romance between Gale and Katniss more than what I remember from the book.
Book: I liked the development of the characters in the book. I didn’t think any of them were week, and I hated none of them.
Movie: The male characters in the movie have gone from bad to worse. Gale was all macho and stupid, and Peeta might has weel have been a potato. My favorite character this time was Haymich.
Book: The setting in this book still had the same feel as in The Hunger Games.
Movie: I thought the setting was much better in the second movie. My theory is that the video producers held back on the universe in the first movie to see if movie-goers would watch it. Since they obviously did, the producers were able to go all-out with the setting. I thought this movie fit in much better with my version of the story.
Book: I don’t remember Catching Fire to have much of a predominating theme, other than inspiring anger and discontent with the capitol.
Movie: I liked some of the direction of the movie, but I disliked others. I loved the discontent they put into the other characters. I enjoyed seeing life from the eyes of other characters. What I didn’t like was how romance-focused the movie was. Again.
I really liked the movie version this time. I’m not saying it’s better, but I definitely didn’t hate watching it at all. I really liked seeing all the costumes and settings and it was really fun to see the story unfold on a huge screen. Overall, I think this is one of the best renditions of a book-to-movie ever made. Even better than The Hobbit.