It’s really disheartening and disorienting to be talked to in a condescending manner especially by friends, despite saying things politely.
Remember who the enemy is.
The stunning sequel to last year’s box-office hit has shown once again Katniss’s ingenuitiy, resilience as well as flaws, brought to life by Jennifer Lawrence’s impeccable acting.
Personally, the second installment was better than the first one in terms of writing, plot development, storyline and acting. Perhaps this is inherently because the second book’s story is more fast-paced than it’s predecessor. Whether or not screenplay and directing is an issue, they all deserve a pat on the back for a good movie.
Going back to Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss, it is undeniable that she does a good job of giving the protagonist personality. She exudes raw emotion, especially in the scenes where the old man was killed,Peeta was in imminent danger, Ceeta was beaten up and she learns of the revolution towards the end. Casting Jennifer Lawrece for Katniss was a good decision.
Perhaps what makes the character better received is the stark contrast between the actress and the role. Based on my readings, Jennifer Lawrence seems to be a down-to-earth, funny and amicable woman. Thinking of her while seeing the serious yet fragile Katniss shoot bows and arrows adds to the charisma that they make.
Aside from Katniss, Finnick Odair is also an interesting addition to the cast. Claflin makes for a good Finnick because he was able to play the different side of the sea man excellently. Whether it be being a peacock, or a vulnerable boyfriend, or a caring district member, Claflin didn’t fall short.
There are various other good points that Catching Fire would be worth talking about including the higher hysteria that each scene brought, from the fog to the babboons. But an element that was present in this chapter, which wasn’t in the first, was humor. It was commendable that in the midst of all the hulabaloo with the revolution, Katniss, the Capitol, president Snow, a good laugh would emanate from the audience once in a while. Haymitch being splashed with water/wine, Effy’s jovial personality, having one ballot for the Quarter Quell, Beetee’s nerdiness, Johanna’s eccentricity.For a movie that’s about rebellion and equality, fun, in a subtle context, is something that the audience would love.
True to it’s title, Catching Fire has enveloped the fandom in it’s fiery embrace. If Hunger Games was the initial spark, then this installment would be wildfire: more intense, larger n magnitude, and harder to extinguish.
(Whaaaat? :)) On a personal note, I guess it’s a good thing that I forgot the details of the book. I watched the movie with an untainted mindset.)