Part of me dreaded watching Catching Fire. How could Peeta's character ever be redeemed? Then I saw the movie. Even if you are a stickler for details, believe me when I tell you it is worth watching.
Just turn off the sound and watch.
|butterfly dress by Alexander McQueen|
Since a pin helped spark a revolution and a dress helped the fire grow, it seems fitting that the clothes in this movie are incredible. Cinna is one of my favorite characters, but I applaud the real designers who costumed these actors. Somehow, the Capitol clothes don't seem quite as over-the-top as in the first movie. In fact, they simply seem couture. The audience's acceptance of their look as normal is a triumph--the creators have truly made us voyeuristic members of the Capitol. I love-love-love that Effie wore Alexander McQueen's butterfly dress. The victors, too, have stepped up their look and make quite the statement. As soon as Katniss appeared onscreen, I wanted to learn to knit or crochet or...okay, I wanted to buy this cowl/vest thing.
|photo from capitol couture.pn|
Even though I will forever be a Gale girl, the book convincingly argued why Katniss would be attracted to Peeta. He was yin to her yang. They balanced each other. She needed him as much as he needed her. Plus, it was in first person so we live the love story through the eyes of Katniss and see how she is sometimes flat-out in awe of the boy with the bread. Not so in Hunger Games movie. Peeta was a big ol' pansy. All of the parts where he helped them survive were tossed out to show what a badass Katniss was. And that's just annoying.
Relief filled me as Catching Fire attempted to restore Peeta's dignity a little at a time. He was intelligent. His talent for dealing with people was reinforced. I was feeling pretty good about Catching Fire making him seem like someone she'd actually prefer to the rebellious Gale. Then, they had him pansy up again. He was stumbling, she was rescuing...Blahblahblah.
However, at least this time around, he wasn't all pathetic puppy love and weakling. Josh Hutcherson has the opportunity to win over even Gale faithfuls in the third and fourth installments. Onscreen, he has the possibility to grow and change more than any other character.
All in all, I think Catching Fire was a much better movie than the first one. I screamed, gasped, curled up in my chair, etc. And I've read the book three times. I've only been that
I did, however, miss characters--especially Madge. Remember the girl who gave Katniss the mockingjay pin? The girl whose aunt died in the Quarter Quell Haymitch won? The only girlfriend Katniss had?(What? Katniss had a friend besides Gale? Who might have even had a crush on him and been a better fit for Gale than Katniss?) No? You must have only seen the movie. She was cut. By giving the pin to Katniss, Madge revealed the heart of a rebel. As the daughter of the mayor, she knew what it represented. However, since they couldn't neuter her like Peeta they just amputated her. Peeta, Madge, Darius (what? who's he?!) were silenced as much as an Avox, preventing anyone from portraying Katniss as more of a person doing great things rather than some kind of superhero. Perhaps to cover these misdeeds, the character of President Snow's granddaughter was introduced in the movie. Really? Really?
If you're throwing a watch party, it wouldn't be complete without this Happy Hunger Games banner.
Consider wearing this mocking jay full skirt.
If you just can't get enough Hunger Games, check out this online magazine called Capitol Couture. See stylish pictures and insider information. If you don't already, you'll feel just like a citizen of Panem when you peruse the pages.
Here are some other posts I've written about the Hunger Games trilogy.
Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.
So, did the movie measure up to your expectations? What did you love or loathe? How many movie watchers plan to read the book?