Here is the review of one of the most expected blockbusters of this year. And I enjoyed it!
First and Foremost, I confess I’m not a Hunger Games lover or any other name the fans have chosen. I’m a fan of another saga. I am surely not a Twihard either. No, I’m a Potterhead… Yes, there are still Potterheads on Earth. We didn’t all decide to jump off the Hogwarts’s Astronomy Tower when the last movie came out in 2011!
Anyway, back to the subject! I haven’t read the saga yet, therefore it’s not a comparative review of the book and the movie.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second book of the saga, deals with Katniss and Peeta, who must go on tour all across the districts in order to “entertain” them and make them forget their misery, after their victory in the previous games. But their sudden love didn’t fool anyone, especially the President who sees Katniss as a symbol of hope for other districts, and as a real danger to the Capitol. The President decided to neutralize Katniss with the third Quarter Quell by creating a new rule where only the victors (killers) from the previous games. Thus, Katniss will be either killed or become unpopular by being forced to kill her friends/allies.
Catching Fire is a good entertainment movie. We know why we go to see it and it’s not disappointed at all. Although this is a saga for young adults, it deals with themes that are really serious: Death, poverty, hunger, repression, revolution, war…but above all question the media exposure of our world notably through a reality show and the way politics manipulate the medias.
Well, in order to interest some crazy teens, there is a love story. This famous love triangle when two boys are ready to do anything to get the girl. I think we have already seen it somewhere and it was nauseating… Fortunately, this is not what stands out first from this saga. The soundtrack is also very good.
One funny moment to remember takes place in an elevator. It allows the characters (and the audience) to relax before the games. This parallels the moment where Cinna is killed before Katniss’s eyes when she is herself in an another elevator seconds before the beginning of the games.
I’m a bit disappointed about the end that is too abrupt for me but at the same time, it works as a cliffhanger and pushes the audience to go back to the theatres once the next film is out or, for those who don’t want to wait and haven’t read the saga yet, to bury themselves in the books.
To conclude, here is the quote I chose which is said by Finnick and that sums up the saga :
“Remember who the real enemy is”
Something to think about.