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Dec. 11th, 2013

In a spur of the moment decision, I watched Catching Fire today. Like the first movie, it was muchly enjoyed. In fact, I couldn`t tell you which one I really favour. The new movie was quite a bit darker - I guess that`s a thing with GOOD middle parts of trilogies? - and this has its own charm to me.

I really enjoyed the new characters, the build-up and the story structure. It wasn`t a complete redo of the first movie insofar as how big a role the Games played. Sure, there was still a sizeable portion of the movie devoted to it but they weren`t the entire point of it like in Hunger Games.

The relationship between Katniss and Peeta was nicely done again. Her growing feelings felt organic, given the givens.

If I have a nitpick, it might sound like a very weird one: the bad guys were at certain points TOO evil for me. Sounds ridiculous, I know. And I`m usually not squeamish. I also don`t mean to say those characters were badly written and/or acted, at a certain point I just felt oversaturated with "and another bottomless pit of dasdardly evol we have sunk to". Not to mention the entire Capitol must be populated by what can only be described as naive sociopaths. They are completely beyond redemption yet have NO awareness of that. Odd.

Still, it in no way killed the movie for me.

Now if all goes well I`ll see the Hobbit 2 on Friday. Busy week, this.

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mareen
Dec. 12th, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
Not to mention the entire Capitol must be populated by what can only be described as naive sociopaths. They are completely beyond redemption yet have NO awareness of that. Odd.

Well, except for Cinna, and the Games producer, and Effie, and some other people we haven't seen yet. ;-)

I think the problem is that all we see, we see as Katniss sees it. And Katniss has absolutely no idea what people might do or think in reality. She doesn't understand people at all and she distrust everybody. I think there are a lot of people in the Capital that don't like the President, but Katniss is just not realising that.
astri13
Dec. 12th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Well, except for Cinna, and the Games producer, and Effie, and some other people we haven't seen yet. ;-)

I know, I was generalizing. :) And I take your point about our view being limited to Katniss view also.

But what I really found chilling in the new movie was the scene with Snow and his granddaughter. Obviously, her hairstyle is modeled after Katniss and she fangirls all over the Katniss/Peeta love. So she understands lovey dovey feelings completely.

Yet I assume she does know that there are real people, most often children not much older than her tortured, hunted and killed in that arena.

Basically, she has the reactions one would have to a TV show but knowing it`s "acted" out in real time by real people with very real consequences.

I found this dichotomy horrifying. Clearly, she is not supposed to be evil as her grandfather but in her own way shows sociopathy as well. Guess she and those like her would have to be sentenced to the arena themselves to wake up.
leelust
Dec. 12th, 2013 08:09 am (UTC)
I liked the second movie a lot more than the first one. I think I finally can see the characters and atmosphere of the books.
astri13
Dec. 12th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
I haven`t read the books so I can`t compare or say how well the source material was translated. Still, I greatly enjoyed the first movie, too. Both were very good IMO.
leelust
Dec. 12th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Might be, as I said I just didn't feel for anyone when I watched the first movie. I liked Kitniss but just liked her not loved. The second movie was different for me in a way I started to feel for her, care about her and that did the trick :)
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