Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Catching Fire

Catching Fire. 
I'm always hesitant to write a movie review for fear of revealing spoilers, and since Catching Fire is actually a book, are their spoilers? I'll try my best, to avoid any spoiler bits.

Right before the Catching Fire premiere, I finally saw The Hunger Games. I have a friend that *loved* the books and I should have seen the movie, but I didn't. I felt like the whole thing was just a rip off on Shirley Jackson's 1948 short story, The Lottery. I had my snobby pants on and never saw it.

I admit, I was wrong. I still think The Hunger Games got the jump from The Lottery, but it was a great movie, well worth my Netflix subscription.

Catching Fire was big on my list of movies to see, because I know one of the actors. Like I could pick him out in a crowd before he was famous kind of deals.

Bruno Gunn, known to me as Bruno Gioiello, had an awesome role of Brutus, which when I told my friend the book reader, she said, "Whoa, that is a big deal."

Team Brutus shirts we wore, looking pretty bad hiney
This has nothing to do with the movie, but before hand, we all went to dinner, my sorority sisters and new friends. It was a great time and then somehow, the server dumped a tray of drinks on me, leaving me with wet jeans and a wet shirt. Blech. The server was incredibly apologetic and they comped my bill, but wet jeans are just yuck, no matter how you cut it. 
I may or may not have taken a picture in the theater. 

The first thing I will say, if you have not seen the first movie, The Hunger Games, run quick like a bunny and see it before you see Catching Fire. I would have been really confused and irritating to those around me if I had not seen it.


Catching Fire picks up where last movie dropped off, with Katniss and Peeta, the winners of the 74th Hunger Games, preparing for their Victory Tour. As they travel through the districts, there are signs of a growing rebellion, inspired by Kat's defiance. 

The President, seeing the wave of resistance rolling though the districts, announces the 75th Hunger Games will be the Quarter Quell, made up of prior winners. Ouch. Throughout the film, I was invested in the characters and their outcomes, and you can never go wrong with a bad ass female lead (well, with the exception of Catwoman, ugh, that was awful).

There is, of course beautiful scenery, lots of action and the story movies slowly to a maddening cliff hanger. There, I said it. You need to know. You need to know that the film ends and there is no resolution, just more questions, and me leaning forward yelling, "WHAT?!?!" at the end.  If you really want to know what happens, you can always read the book, Mocking Jay, which I am on the library waiting list for.

I was bummed because a lot of Bruno's scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, but the movie was pretty long as it was. Still...bummer.

Overall, I highly recommend the movie, and if you will excuse me, I need to see if my copy of the book is ready.

The whole family seeing the movie. Good times. 

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