The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Spoiler Free Movie Review!

I am so incredibly lucky that I was able to attend the Catching Fire fan camp and red carpet premiere in Los Angeles. You can read my recaps of Day One, troche Day Two and Day Three. I met so many awesome cast members, and fans, laughed my butt off, got NO sleep whatsoever, and made a ton of memories. But the best part of the whole experience was being able to see the movie early.

And now that the movie is out in TWO days (or tomorrow, if you’re seeing it at the night showings like me!), I want to share my review. As always, its completely spoiler free!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 

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Rated:

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language

Directed By:

Francis Lawrence

Cast:

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Haralson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone.

Find the rest on IMDB here.

IMDB Movie Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Worst synopsis ever. LOL.

We’re into the deeper world of The Hunger Games trilogy. Fresh from her time in the Games, Katniss Everdeen is under pressure. She’s deeply affected by the Games and the deaths she’s responsible for. She has created a buzz with her defiance of the Capitol, and now she has to pay for it, and convince the Districts that she is deeply in love with Peeta, and help to bring down the rebellion stirring in the Districts to keep her family safe. When that doesn’t work, she and Peeta are thrown back into the games, and this year’s Games are going to be much different.

My Review:

We’ve all come to expect that movies will never be as good as the book. This is true. Its hardly EVER that a movie is better than a book.

But I’ll tell you one thing: Catching Fire comes extremely close!

I was SO incredibly impressed with this movie. It is definitely a movie that is made for the fans. It was an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end. I was constantly crying. I was crying because of heartbreak. I was crying because I was laughing so hard. I was crying because there were just moments that were so beautiful, I couldn’t handle it. It was exciting and scary, even though I knew exactly what was going to happen, and there were several moments in the movie where I forgot to breathe normally or I’d gasp, very loudly.

This movie takes the very exciting, tense, emotional book and translates it on the big screen nearly perfectly. I’ve never seen a movie follow a book so well. There were things left out, of course, but those things made sense to leave out, in the grand scheme of things. They got all the important moments of the book, and there were so many direct quotes, you could almost quote alongside the movie, which I did a few times.

They captured so many of the moments that were important to ME, as a fan. I was looking back at the Top Ten Tuesday I did last week which was the top ten things from the Catching Fire book that I wanted in the Catching Fire movie, and they showed every single one. I was so excited about this. They really did such a great job of recognizing the important moments, and the little things they did add, like what’s going outside of the Games, and Snow’s granddaughter, really helped to enhance the story and build it up for Mockingjay Part 1.

I loved each and every tribute. The difference between the first movie and the second movie is that a lot of the tributes in this movie become incredibly important, especially in Mockingjay. We care about Finnick and Johanna and Mags and Wiress and Beetee. So their casting was incredibly important and I think each and every single one of them nailed it, perfectly. Sam Claflin was an amazing Finnick, and no body else in the world could have played Johanna except Jena Malone. They adapted these characters perfectly into the movie. I can’t emphasize enough how much it impressed me.

The actions scenes were amazing! Katniss was wicked with her bow, Finnick drove me insane with excitement when he fought with his trident. There was so much romance in this movie, and each and every kiss between Katniss and Peeta (and there’s enough to satisfy all the Katniss-Peeta shippers out there!) was beautiful and scorching hot. I had to fan myself sometimes.

OH! And the cliffhanger. The cliffhanger of Catching Fire the book is one of the craziest cliffhangers I’ve read in a book, and it is so gut wrenching and scary and emotional and they took that short ending and made it so incredibly beautiful and it left me breathing so hard and it made me so excited and impatient for Mockingjay.

Ooh, and look for the Mockingjay movie symbol at the end. Perfection!

Simply, this movie was made for the fans, and it was absolutely incredible. I think that even reluctant fans, or people who aren’t into the Hunger Games, could see this movie and love it. It was just that great. It had action and romance, and so many tense moments and it made you laugh and cry, and have a good time. And I definitely canNOT wait until Mockingjay Part 1 next year!

Rating:

I do NOT give this out lightly, especially for a movie adaptation. This is how good this movie is.

5 out of 5

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Don’t forget to check out my recaps of the events! You can also see ALL the pictures from my adventures on my official Facebook page here.

Check back later this week because I *might* have a giveaway coming your way! ;)

Happy Hunger Games and May the Odds be Ever In Your Favor!

Catching Fire Fan Camp and Red Carpet Premiere Diary-Day One!

Hello from the Catching Fire Fan Camp in Los Angeles! How are all my lovely followers this weekend? I hope you are fantastic! I’m cold, sickness a little hungry and definitely tired but I know that tomorrow is going to be worth all of this. It totally always is.

So I know I said you wouldn’t hear much from me this weekend but I brought my laptop to work on NaNoWriMo (which I haven’t done, because lets be real, its fan camp and there’s no way I’m getting any work done on The Reawakened this weekend). Well, we discovered that there is FREE wi-fi in fan camp, and so here I am. I decided, instead of writing one big post on Tuesday once I’m back from Fan Camp and the Premiere, I’ll do a daily diary of my adventures at Fan Camp.

So here we are:

Day One 

6 am: Alarm goes off. I stare it with the meanest death glare that I possibly can. I went to sleep at 2 am and now I’m exhausted. But also insanely excited. It’s finally Fan Camp Day!

8:30 am: Arrive in LA. District 2 (my district for the weekend) doesn’t start checking in until 9 but we are SO cool that we were able to go in.

8:45 am: Set up tent. Try and remember how to put up tent. It looks beautiful.

9 am: Sylvia, Erin and I attempt to carry ALL the things we brought from my car parked a couple blocks away. Hilarity literally ensues as we drop water bottles all over the place, and laugh at how incredibly dorky we look. I had a beach chair backpack. Enough said.

10 am: Discover the Denny’s, with cheap 2 dollar pancakes and free wifi, is closed. Go to IHop instead. Find its totally inadequate in providing cheap food haha. Accidentally knock over an entire thing of syrups and cause a maple syrup fiasco in iHop. Get slightly embarrassed but also can’t stop laughing. Possibly this is because I have had no sleep.

11:30 am: Adventures in Target. Trouble ensues. Of course. Its me and my friends. Also discover there is a Sprinkles cupcakes over here, which pretty much makes me the happiest person ever. Open my wallet and fall into despair that I can’t afford a cupcake. Consider buying a cupcake with all quarters. This may still happen.

12:30 pm:  Get free swag. You know how I am with free stuff. I got the US Weekly special edition magazine with Catching Fire and all the posters, and the especially sexy Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair. My goal of this camp experience is to meet Finnick. I also got a backpack, and candy, and all sorts of weird stuff.

3 pm: Meet Willow Shields, who plays Primrose Everdeen in the movies. Super adorable. She was incredibly sweet, and I swear, she has the prettiest blue eyes ever. Like…ever. Its adorable.

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4 pm: Meet Stephanie Leigh Schlund who is playing Cashmere in the Catching Fire movie. She was SO nice, and incredibly beautiful. It’s hard to remember that, like, she’s kind of a “bad guy” in the movie, because she’s an obstacle in Katniss saving Peeta. Because she was SO pretty!

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5 pm: Hang out in tent, make friends, talk books, be incredibly awesome. Someone is passing out district themed chocolate bars. District 10’s is….interesting.

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6 pm: Leave to go see a play. Some security lady tells me that there is a STRICT 10:30 curfew and I will be locked out if not back in time. Freak out.

7:30 pm: Go to see Potted Potter (a 70 minute parody of all 7 Harry Potter books, more on that later when I get back from fan camp). Hitch a ride to Irvine to see this with my friend, Katie. Make it time to see the show, which was HILARIOUS. I try to do as much fandom stuff as possible, in a short amount of time. I’m just cool like that.

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9:30 pm: Realize we only have an hour to get all the way back to LA before our “STRICT” curfew. Freak out.

9:31 pm: Decide that an In n Out stop is totally worth it. Deliciousness in the form of perfect In n Out grilled cheese and friends happens. Decide California is brilliant once again because of In N Out.

10:25 pm: Get off the freeway and discover that the Clipper game has just been let out. We are at Nokia Theater, which is RIGHT next to Staples Center, where the Clippers play. Major traffic. Also major freak out from myself and Katie, reason: “STRICT” curfew.

10:26-10-30: Katie and I proceed to JUMP from her sister’s car, and run through the sidewalks of Los Angeles, basically weaving in and out of the masses of Clipper fans coming from the game. I’m panting, and sore, and this is possibly the most exercise I’ve gotten in a month. Oh, who am I kidding? Probably all year.

10:32 pm: Reach the gate and flash our wristbands. The guy at the gate asks us why we’re out of breath and we explain that we wanted to make it back before curfew. He gives us a weird look and says that there is no curfew. Decide that the security lady was working for President Snow.

10:45 to 2 am: Hang out with all my super cool friends. I have my friend Katie here, and Sylvia from FangirlFeeels and Erin from That One Geek Girl, and my friend Jade from Dhampirs and Dragomirs, and all kinds of cool people. Literally spend a TON of time talking about books and movies, and all sorts of fangirl stuff.

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Also, tent city? It’s awesome. Its seriously so cool. Its literally a bunch of people together, hanging out, with the same love and passion for The Hunger Games. Its so awesome.

2 am: Go to sleep. Sort of. I miss my bed, and my three pillows, and my Winnie the Pooh to cuddle with. I also miss cuddling with my boyfriend. But onward to day two!

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Happy Hunger Games and May the Odds be Ever In Your Favor!