So, I left the theatre for the first Hunger Games movie thinking it was just okay, but it had a good enough cliffhanger to make me dry upset when I heard the movie wouldn't be released until November 22nd, 2013. Weren't you kind of upset at the length you had to wait?
Now that Katniss and Peeta won The Hunger Games, in a way illegally, President Snow has them under his nose. When they showed love and compassion from teams even outside their district, primarily District 11, the Capitol wants them eliminated from life. They don't like the idea of a rebellion, so they have to stop one before it can begin. The situation already feels hopeless, but not anymore once the first Quarter Quell in twenty-five years gets the green light and nobody can back out because their family will pay the price perhaps even more than them. In the book, it was 48 previous winners fighting. Now, it's shortened back to twenty-four.
A reason I didn't enjoy the novel Catching Fire was that it didn't start the games until Part 3 and the battlers began dropping like flies. I didn't remember the book much either by the time this movie was released, so I went into it with a brighter look. It spends the same amount of time outside and inside the games. And all I can say is, Wow! The drama feels more in-your-face, the poisonous fog scene is such an edgy action scene, running from something "silent but deadly," as it surrounds the team from all directions. I felt it a little bit weird that Katniss and her team decided to take shelter right by the middle of the field at the open beach, they are too exposed. It still somehow works, because the team is able to see the pattern of the changes and so do we, and they are giving the message that they don't care about winning, they just want the games to be over.
Remember Joanna Mason, and we met her in the elevator? I thought she'd be a descendant from Clove, and it didn't help during the amazing scene in the interviews where the tributes tried to band together and stop the games and her interview had some swearing. But her ending up a protagonist was very refreshing and made me happy. But not as happy as I was at the end. I won't spoil it, but Katniss pulls a stunt that allows her to escape the games and leaves President Snow in shock. I have the best time watching a movie when the people in charge are all of a sudden running in circles and angry, it's so entertaining. And the fact that this movie was pure entertainment was just icing on the cake.