It doesn’t feel like Catching Fire only came out a year ago, but yet it feels longer than that. Maybe because so many copies of Hunger Games followed suit to fill the void (Divergent, Maze Runner), but you can’t out do the original, and with this trend of the last book of a series having 2 parts, it’s really become an annoyance, and usually part 1 is where all of the necessary preemptive filler is supposed to resonate and for this movie that’s pretty much exactly what happened, as it leads into what hopefully will be a thrilling finale.
Mind you, I haven’t read any of the books, and there’s no point now, because I need to visually see how it ends – I’m in too deep with it now, but of what we, the non-readers, have learned is that there’s a clear division between the Capital and the Rebellion, and their leader has been found – Katniss. Portrayed in a role that can only be compared to Joan of Arc, she is faced with the challenge of being the face of the opposition while having to battle the evil Snow. Really it sounds like anyone in Toronto who hates the winter weather, completely the same thing. What you got in this movie was a very politically driven clash against democracy and the people taking back what’s rightfully theirs – their freedom of the system. It certainly takes it time to really develop towards the cliffhanger, and with propaganda and heavy emotions flowing to tie the story together, to have it make sense, I understand the criticisms towards this movie, but, as I said earlier – it’s part 1. There were definitely times where there were surprising developments, but how it will tie into the grand finale? Who knows? Oh wait, the people who read the book know, but I have no idea.
If you’ve already watched the first two movies, you might as well finish the whole thing. Sit tight, because it is lengthy and hopefully because they got out all of the meat and potatoes to have Part 2 (releasing around this time in 2015) start off with a bang and conclude with a bigger one. Patience is a virtue, but it’s a pain in the ass. This is my opinion, this is my review, but for now
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