#CatchingFire is here: Tell us what you thought and win a #Mockingjay pin!

 

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Now that the premieres/screenings are done, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has begun to open in theaters with Brazil being the first international market, followed by a midnight screening in London on Wednesday night.

Thursday midnight also has the movie opening across theaters in the US, so it’s time to discuss it!

Here’s Emily’s (spoiler free) review of the movie:

 My first reaction after The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was of absolute silence and awe.  I looked at the two people sitting next to me, and they had the same exact expression on their face.  Being such a big fan as I am, I can become very critical of the little things I do/do not see in a movie from one of my fandoms.

I hadn’t decided if re-reading the book before the movie would be a good idea or a bad one.  Usually, if I re-read the book before seeing the movie my expectations become a little too high, and sometimes, unrealistic.  Gratefully, this was ultimately a good idea.  In the first five minutes, there are some quotes in the movie that came directly from the book.  On the top of my head, Haymitch’s “Brr.  You guys have some warming up to do before the cameras arrive.”

Another thing I really loved was something I read in an interview with Suzanne Collins.  She said that Katniss was going through the basic PTSD symptoms, such as pushing Peeta away and finding solace in being alone.  I felt like this was very prevalent in the movie, which I think will be a great lead-in for Mockingjay.  But in talking about how I loved this continuous theme, there was one theme I didn’t expect to like, but looking back, I really did like it.  One thing that changed from the books was (spoiler?) there was more Gale in the movie.  I loved seeing Gale in the mines and I felt like it really built his character up more in his hatred for the Capitol, which again, will become important in Mockingjay.  Coming out of the theater, I actually felt awful for Gale and I realized I loved his character more after seeing Gale visually go through the whipping and his jealousy.  (I am totally team Peeta by the way, so this was hard for me to admit.)  But it wasn’t just Gale.  Seeing all of the characters visually was astonishing, even more so in this movie.  I felt like the cinematography really emphasized the characters and the story line.  And I wouldn’t change a single actor.  Each one was so perfectly cast (from both movies), I felt like it was the book coming to life.

One thing I would wish differently would be that I wish it was a 3 hour movie.  I felt like some things were fast-paced, like the Victory Tour and the Pre-Games which I understand had to be done to fit a time limit, but come on, let’s pull a Lord of the Rings shall we?  Make it super long?  I would sit through it!  But to reiterate, I understand why this had to be done and I accept and adore the movie nonetheless.

It took me a whole 24 hours to really process the movie completely.  I am still sitting here, running the scenes through my mind, trying to comprehend it all.  All I remember was how absolutely perfect it was.  And how it exceeded my expectations in every single way.  The Hunger Games is already beginning to be taught in schools, and I think that this movie will be one of those classic movies teachers will let children watch after reading and discussing the book in class.  It is that good.

Now that the movie is here, we encourage you to let us know what YOU thought of the movie! What is the one (or more!) thing that you loved about it? Anything that you didn’t like? Anything from the book you feel should have just been there – or given more prominence? Or was it an all-round winner for you?

Post your reactions below and one of you will be randomly selected to win a Mockingjay pin! (The comments are definitely a spoiler-zone so do not proceed if you wish to avoid spoilers.)

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[UPDATE]: Congrats to Ingrid for getting the Mockingjay pin!

36 thoughts on “#CatchingFire is here: Tell us what you thought and win a #Mockingjay pin!

  1. #CatchingFire
    Spectacular cannot fully describe the movie. Jennifer and the whole lot did a great job. They simply bring the best of it. GREAT!
    to read, to watch. I can do it a hundred times more
    . I so love Hunger Games It was so damn amazing.

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  2. I thought it was freaking awesome!!! It reminded me so much of the book. I definitely agree that they could have shown more of the Victory Tour, but other than that, it was fantastic!!

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  3. It was such an overwhelming feeling for me to finally be able to watch this movie. To have the book brought to life so faithfully was phenomenal and I’m so glad for the new director, Francis Lawrence. And even more thankful for our flawless Katniss, Jennifer Lawrence, who somehow manages to act so effortlessly and fearlessly. This one of those movies I’ll need to go see in theaters again and again. I just can’t get that ending out of my head!

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  4. Catching Fire was phenomenal! Incredible! Indescribable! Absolutely terrifying! Exciting! Gripping! Throughout the whole film I had my hands clasped or plastered across my mouth in absolute awe, terror, shock and excitement. A better film, especially a sequel, I have not seen. The likeness to the book was excellent and I enjoyed the fact that they put in additional scenes from other character’s points of view and subtly left out other scenes, creating this masterpiece. The character’s personalities were expressed so well and the filming and scripts were just incredible. I’m still in awe from watching it. In short, the best film I have EVER seen!

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  5. My reaction: speechless. I cried from the moment Gale kissed Katniss for the first time to 30 minutes after I arrived home. It was that good. I was truly pleased with how much they stayed true to the book. I loved the way the arena was designed. And oh my mockingjay… Those silent moments before something makes you jump in your seat! Flawless! The victory tour was amazing. I was very relieved when I saw little details Francis put in the movie to lighten up the mood. The kisses, the proposal, the baby, the dress… Breathtakingly outstanding. Seeing the movie made me want to be Katniss. It was emotional and I could definitely connect to the characters more.

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  6. Most perfect book-movie adaptation I have ever seen. The emotion in all of the characters was spot on, I felt like what was in my brain while reading the book was being projected onto the screen. All of the dialogue from the book made me squeal while sitting in the theater. I’ve waited so long for a movie that uses so many lines from the book. It was just perfect. And the sets were absolutely beautiful. All of them. The arena I swear was taken from my head. It was Exactly how I had pictured it. I give mad props to Francis Lawrence. He is a genius who knows what the readers want. Can’t wait to watch this movie over and over again, and to see what Mockingjay brings.

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  7. Going into the movie, I knew I must expect nothing but greatness; and i got exactly that. From beginning to end, the movie had me completely captivated. Francis Lawrence out did himself with this brilliant masterpiece. Katniss Everdeen could not have been portrayed any better. I am very impressed by Jennifer Lawrence’s ability to truly live under the right circumstances in order to portray the brilliant character. It felt entirely honest and very true to the book, as well. I read the books more than once, and I fell in love with a lot of the characters but Johanna Mason’s character found her way to my heart. Such bravery and what a brilliant character choice – I was extremely satisfied.
    I reach to my chest more than once. Feeling as my heart raced, time after time. I knew what was going to happen, but i did not prepare myself to see it brought to reality. It was a little overwhelming, to say the least. I shed many, many tears – But when I saw Mags run into that fog, I broke down completely! And the tragedies did not stop. The Morphling! When she sacrifices herself to save Peeta. I had to look away for a moment as he tried calming her. Overall, I was very impressed and I cannot wait to see what wonders await behind Mockingjay. I am truly a fan.

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  8. i was really ecstatic to watch the movie. i watched it last night, and tbh i kinda had heart palpitations lol. the fire alarm started to ring so sudden last night and i was too engrossed to the movie, that i started to be paranoid O.o haha okay, the movie was amazinggg! i couldn’t be more happier that it has lived up my expectations! jen and josh did great job and omg finnick’s smiles /melts/ the dome! exactly like what i’ve been imagining!

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  9. It was amazing. Francis Lawrence went over the top, he made it just from the book. Maybe a few scenes that weren’t included but even the dialog was from the book which was very important I believe. Tha actors and actresses were amazing in every possible way and the details added to it let the movie become real.
    Couldn’t ask for a better presentation of the book, it was like everything that was imagined from the book became real, and with much higher expectations.

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  10. It was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only thing I wished would have been there more was the beach sceene. I wish that they would have played it up much more then what it was. The only other thing would be the fact that Katniss “pregnancy” was only mentioned once. BUT OH MY GOODNESS IT WAS SOOOOOOO AMAZING IM GOING TO SEE IT AGAIN AMD AGAIN TILL I HAVE IT MEMORIZED!!!!!!!

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  11. I went to the first showing of Catching Fire at midnight on the 21st of November, and it was absolutely incredible. It is as though the book itself has come alive, projected directly from novel to screen. I cannot describe just how perfect and marvellous and wonderful and magnificent Catching Fire was (completely worth the extreme sleep deprivation I faced the next day at school anyway!) When the film ended, myself and my five friends simply sat in complete awe, the credits rolling and Coldplay’s “Atlas” playing, and all I remember thinking is a single thought circling my brain: “I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it forever.”

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  12. I already knew the movie was gonna be so detailed due to the trailers. I’ve never been so emotional about a movie before and was in complete shock!! I still keep replaying every scene in my head and keep picturing the arena. Francis Lawrence created the most perfect realistic arena which really made me feel like I was part of it. Every new character was Exactly how I pictured them and they played their roles so well. I cried the most when rues family was up there and katniss tried to pour her heart out. When she visited the other districts on the victory tour and had to be emotionless, it was so painful to see the other people in the district become so angry. I can’t stop thinking about the movie and am definetly seeing it again tonight.

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  13. it was soooo gooodd! I cried during the movie and shrieked when katniss touched the fog, and clapped when it was all over ????????

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  14. It was FANTASTIC! True to the book. Would have liked more of – the tributes (especially the careers), more bloodbath, different districts on the tour and Katniss’ hut next to the lake, but it’s still a winner!!! It has – action, love, darkness & humour. Amazing acting. Just perfection!!

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  15. Everything about the movie was exactly how I pictured it when I read the book. From the outfits to the arena, everyone did an amazing job and I’m so happy they respected the book. The actors are wonderful and I wouldn’t want anyone else to play all the characters. District 12 looked so much like what I thought it would. The whole victory tour was beautifully shown. I have seen it twice already and I’m planning on seeing it again. Love the book, love the movie!

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  16. I was really blown away by the movie last night. The acting was brilliant and the costumes were to die for. The little details made it so special and memorable. And the arena. It was just as I pictured it. The whole move was. It is like they plucked the images out of my head. And I’d be remiss to not mention Jennifer Lawrence, the perfect Katniss Everdeen. Her performance took my breath away. The emotion drove the plot I cannot wait to see it again and again!

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  17. It was amazing. Francis Lawrence did an amazing job. As you said, the cinematography was spectacular. I did not re-read the book prior to seeing the movie tonight for the same reasons you were saying. I didn’t want to have very high expectations. I wanted to enjoy the movie as it was without picking it apart. That being said I thought the movie was pretty perfect. I did love seeing more Gale than in the book. I rooted for Gale the entire 3 books til the end of mockingjay when I was heart-broken. I was so impressed with the way this movie turned out. Seriously. The makeup and costumes were stunning. The acting was fantabulous. And the arena. Was beautiful and all the elements- the different wedges. It was amazing to see those brought to life – the fog, the monkeys, the tidal wave – the force field falling apart. And I agree that the casting was so fantastic. I wouldn’t change a single person from this movie or The Hunger Games. All the actors did a really great job and really seeemed to embody their character. Johanna was played spectacularly. I just wish I hadn’t gone to the premiere by myself so I’d have someone to talk to about how amazing it was. And I wish more of the teens in the theater has bothered to read the book – because as amazing as the movies are, I ALWAYS enjoy the books a little more. It was quite entertaining hearing peoples reactions to certain parts – you could tell who hadn’t read the books. They were shocked at all points in the arena, in response to chaff kissing Katniss, Johanna stripping, Gale being whipped – all things you’d see coming a mile away if you’d read the amazing books by Suzanne. Anyways I’ve ranted on long enough. In conclusion, if you’re still reading this, thanks for listening and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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    1. I completely agree with you. I do wish the other teens would read the book because that’s the whole purpose of going to a premiere

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  18. Is nobody going to talk about the seneca crane in the movie ??? I love how little details made it into the film! It was spectacular and I can’t wait to watch it at least five times XD

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  19. I am honestly still screaming (inside) but that last scene was everything!!! It was perfect, the way the camera closed up. It was so so so awesome! And yes overwhelmed is the word for it!

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