FULL OF SPOILERS
A little controversial but in the words of the late Lord Voldemort I must confess myself disappointed.
I mean, I didn’t hate in fact I really really really liked it. It was so faithful to the book, the lead up to the actual games was methodically detailed, chronicling their journey perfectly. The use of the television coverage to explain things was clever and showing the families was a nice touch.
But they should have explored that side more, instead of showing the odd reaction shot when Katniss was coseying on up to Peeta they should have focused more on her brushes with death, I’m sure a mother watching her daughter almost die would be more interesting than Gale shaking his head.
And the end, the end was rushed through and it was to the detriment of Peeta. His character wasn’t fully displayed and instead came across as feeble and whiney not to mention that Josh Hutcherson let me down a little. I was so sure he would be fantastic in the role but his acting was lacking.
But put all that aside, because they are the only negatives I had, it was a very good film. The sisterly love between Katniss and Prim is evident, I knew it was going to happen but I was still devastated when Prim’s name was called and for a moment I even thought that Katniss wasn’t coming back.
Then there’s Rue and Katniss, I was looking forward to this part so much. The kinship formed between them, however short, was always sweet. When she died it was like watching Dobby die all over again. This was also an example of the exemplary camera work used throughout. The filmmakers were clever to keep it simple and not be all fancy, the same with the soundtrack.
Anyway, there’s no denying that Jennifer Lawrence had a difficult job in bringing Katniss to life. She’s a very complex character. everyone has the instinct of self-preservation but in the main character it seems to override everything else, except when it comes to Prim, and eventually Peeta. She’s not a selfish character but neither is she selfless and she’s not innocent, after all she is responsible for the death of three tributes. But she’s kind (she did give Rue her food), she has the survival instinct and her sister is the most important thing in the world to her. All of this Lawrence had to take into consideration and she did an excellent job.
The way it was made was very clever, giving the smaller characters and bigger part was a very good move, the way Seneca Crane died was good and the flashbacks to the past were very well executed.
I will be going to see it again, no doubt about it. But in answer to th question above; yes, I am hungry for more, in fact I’m starving and I think Catching Fire is going to be great.