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The Best & The Worst Of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

by The Playlist Staff
November 25, 2013 1:40 PM
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Now officially the all-time November opening record holder, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was always a fairly sure thing in terms of box office. But what's more impressive is the advance word on the film (our own included), and the buzz around it, which has been so positive, with it being touted as the rare sequel that improves on the original, and with many going so far as to compare it to "The Empire Strikes Back." (Though, to be honest, we think that comparison is more to do with how open-ended it feels, with the good guys separated and some of them still imperiled, at the film's close.) Some of us might not go quite that far, but certainly director Francis Lawrence has made good on delivering a broader, more nuanced and more layered film than the first, which is fitting considering he was adapting what we'd consider the best of the three books, by quite some distance.

But not everything worked for us, even for those of us who are among the film's bigger fans. The film is long, it's quite slow to start with and the aforementioned mid-air ending does mean the pacing issues tell a little as it wears on. However, on the other hand, that slightly strange shape does make it feel a great deal less formulaic than the average YA sequel. So know then, that we're coming largely from a very positive place as we take a look through some of notable aspects of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" that stuck with us—the good, the bad and the somewhere-in-between. Oh, and obviously this is a post for people who've seen the film already, so spoilers ahead

The Good

Jena Malone as Johanna Mason
Jena Malone as returning tribute Johanna Mason is some of the most spot-on casting of the franchise, and she tears into the axe-wielding part with gusto. Malone brings a much needed wild-eyed ferocity to the proceedings, a fine foil to the also badass, but often overly compassionate Katniss. She’s mad as hell about this Quarter Quell and everyone’s going to hear about it too (her brutal honesty is refreshing). Malone walks off with every scene she’s in, starting with the infamous elevator strip down, where she sheds her District 7 tree costume in order to get a rise out of Katniss (she elicits some quality Jennifer Lawrence side eye that is truly a delight to behold). She’s not without nuance though, demonstrating her willingness to protect others at all costs and hinting that her ferocious demeanor comes from a place of real trauma and loss caused by the Games. In fact, Malone's version of the character comes across as almost a crazy-mirror version of Katniss—she has all the strength of will but none of the love and the edge of jealousy this brings to her dealings with Katniss is deliciously played by Malone. We almost felt like Johanna envies Katniss being the girl who will start the revolution, as it's a role she herself would have relished, but she simply doesn't possess the same inspirational quality. Which makes her spiteful and bitter, even while she's principled and fundamentally decent enough to be doing the right thing. The only complaint might be that there wasn’t enough of her on screen. Prequel material, maybe?

Amped-Up Scope And Scale
In the first film, the arena where the games are held seemed like a magically science fiction-y realm, where it seemed like the godlike architects of the games (alongside the nefarious President Snow) could reconfigure land, sea, and air, almost on a whim. But in execution, it seemed like the woodsy arena was next door to the rundown district where Katniss hailed from; the lack of variety didn't just seem like a creative deficiency but a budgetary one too. With "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," both the budget and the creative principals' imaginations seem to have been widened considerably. Not only do we get cool stuff outside of the arena like glittering, futuristic cities and luxury monorails, but the arena seems bigger and more magnificent. The tropical setting was an inspired flourish; it makes it deadlier and differentiates itself completely from the original's Appalachian backdrop. The games themselves are grander too, with stuff like the sinister wave of toxic fog, a band of carnivorous baboons and the rotating island. In this film, the promise of the games, especially with the expanded "Survivor: All Stars"-like cast of characters, has been fully realized.

Josh Hutcherson's Peeta Begins To Come Into His Own
While, not being thirteen, we don't want to spend any time rehashing the "OMG Liam Hemsworth's Gale is sooo way hotter than Josh Hutcherson's Peeta" debate, (especially as The Onion's terrific review dives deep into that same issue), from a slightly less hormonal standpoint, Hutcherson's casting as Peeta did begin to make more sense to us during this outing. While it felt a little like a miscalculation in the first film, here Hutcherson's relative slightness and lack of out-and-out hunkiness seems to be part of the point: the love triangle, for all it feels a little mishandled (see below) is between Katniss and two actual people, not just two guys who are desperately in love with her but otherwise differ only in the type of "studly" they embody. In fact Peeta, who is still something of a liability during the actual games (he does temporarily die, after all), thanks to some sensitive writing, gets to deliver some decent dialogue that suggests his independent thought processes, and makes it clear that Katniss, to her credit and that of the film, has a choice to make not between Hottie 1 and Hottie 2, but between two different young men who are defined by different things in the wider world, and not just their relationship to her.

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  • McCookie | April 1, 2014 10:00 PMReply

    If I must read the book(s), it'll be like standing in plaster, but far less due to the senses used. Is it worse than standing in a field of children's blood? And for what? One's soul and a deployed act of social mores?
    I'm a fair and open-minded mother and grandmother, ( and published author) but didn't like the entertainment for the sake OF . . . The first bothered and offended my heart. The second was much more tangible, but still... love exchanged for moral fiber? It doesn't compute. Too futuristic for me! I need a Jacuzzi and a tea fizzoli!

  • Sanker from India | April 1, 2014 8:46 AMReply

    Haven't read the books. Came up with stupid explanation for rue drawing thinking that the people in the Capitol wanted to piss off katniss. Feel stupid now.

  • esse | March 25, 2014 4:47 PMReply

    I'm sick of comments saying how much 'cooler' it would be to have mord gore and for them to up the age rating! That's missing the whole point of the books, god...

  • Mike | March 30, 2014 10:51 PM

    In what way? It would further expose the gruesome nature of the "games." Granted I have not read the books, but I don't really see how adding gore would've taken away from the themes.

  • kadie | March 14, 2014 1:00 AMReply

    The last book makes mention of Snow having a granddaughter. I won't put spoilers for the third book but it's a quick but important piece of knowledge they may be setting up for.

  • Carter | February 24, 2014 10:16 PMReply

    I have not read the books, but now know I must. The first Hunger Games movie did an excellent job introducing the story, characters, and ideas central to the plot and I was unexpectedly drawn into the trilogy. However, half-way through the second movie, I was thoroughly confused with the Quarter Quell.

    I understand that Snow and his lackeys could adapt the rules of the games to their own end, but the reaction of the tributes made no sense. Upon arriving in the city, Katniss and Peeta, are introduced to the former champions - all who seem to be extremely pissed off, arrogant, or very disturbed (or a combination of all of these). The allying business as they are preparing for the games should have been more expanded upon as it left it rather unknown (I know I need to read the book - I'm sure there's more detail); however, all of sudden during the interviews, all of the heroes are suddenly reluctant to be going back into the games and appear to band together, at least symbolically, at the end of the interview process. Then, they are thrown back into the games - and all hell breaks lose.

    If the returning tributes really did not want to be a part of Snow's games, why do they attack each other? I would have fought for all of us to whatever end. Clearly, winning the games isn't as great as it's made out to be if Snow can throw you back in (I felt like the quarter quell was just a convenient addition to get Katniss back into the arena - if it wasn't and this was the third quarter quell, then I may be too critical here). Still, I felt betrayed by the former champions doing what Snow and his disgusting citizens craved - murdering each other and abandoning any sense of humanity. If the Snow's people really loved the champions, I think they would have been rather pissed to see Snow kill them all of himself if they had chosen to not fight - I think this could have led to a much more interesting revolution. Anyway, that's what lost me in the series, what do you guys think?

  • Cami | February 22, 2014 11:28 PMReply

    Loved the movie, but they completely cut out the scene where Katniss and Peeta watch previous hunger games and see how Haymitch won. I mean that scene really gives us some insight on why Haymitch is how he is, his drunken demeanor and all, and that wa my favorite excerpt in the book that I wanted to se so bad in the movie, but I was very disappointed. Other than that, this article is spot on

  • Christine | January 28, 2014 4:54 PMReply

    Intelligent review & observation! Everything that I was meaning to say and couldn't say it is said on this review. people who have read the book would agree with the writer on this article and I must say - bravo!... maybe the writer should be a writer for the next movie script! Atleast then we will have some depth to the movie.

  • hari | January 23, 2014 5:51 AMReply

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  • This review is spot on | January 20, 2014 9:39 AMReply

    All the pros and cons were exactly what I would have said.

    Overall a decent movie, but yeah, it felt rushed. And it's sad when you know a talented actor like Sutherland wasn't really necessary, as any b-list actor could have played Snow's part equally well.

  • lisa | January 16, 2014 12:06 PMReply

    I think you should've mentioned Sam Claflin as Finnick O'dair. He was exactly like I imagined him with his obvious sex appeal and more subtle sensitive side. I lovvvved him!

  • katnip | January 29, 2014 3:54 PM

    if thats how you imagined finnick odair you obviously didnt pay attention to any of his physical description in the book because the dude they cast looks NOTHING like him
    not even that attractive

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  • Pffft. | February 28, 2014 4:24 PM

    Because that's all that matters about Finnick. ¬_¬

  • AdRock | December 9, 2013 4:44 PMReply

    Excellent review and observations... with regard to Plutarch and Seymour-Hoffman's portrayal. That may be by design somewhat. Plutarch after all is a sympathizer, and rejects a lot of the decadence and debauchery of the Capitol. Perhaps his plainness was to show that he was more common and not someone who conforms. As for his intensity of performance - that can be agreed upon. He should have at least been more convincing. The game makers should be a bit warped of the mind, cold, and sadistic - at least to their bosses...

  • aqwertt | December 8, 2013 6:26 PMReply

    I loved the film but agree with katniss' behaviour towards peeta.the film is gonna have a hard time convincing anyonewho hasnt read the book that she chooses the right guy

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    The scene in "Catching Fire" that especially fired up my lingering adolescent alter-ego? When Jennifer Lawrence—essential as warrior heroine Katniss Everdeen in Round 2 of this young-adult lit-based enterprise, much in the same way that Vivien Leigh was indispensable in "Gone With the Wind"—suddenly twirls about in her would-be wedding dress during a TV interview meant to distract the downtrodden populace of Panem. What initially looks like a multi-tiered, white-frosted cage is engulfed in flames and transforms into a supple midnight-bluish winged symbol of subversion that emulates the Mockingjay, the mascot of a growing rebellion in the land. One gown represents female entrapment and expectations, the other human freedom and opportunity. Call it a Barbie-meets-Joan of Arc moment. And not every man can rock a lavender ponytail and a pompadour at the same time, but darn if Stanley Tucci’s fawning oil-slick of a TV host Caesar Flickerman—part Ryan Seacrest, part Siegfried and Roy—manages to pull it off. "Girl on Fire is so cheeky," he declares of Katniss with a half-smile, half-sneer when she performs her dress trick.

    Yes, fashion can be a weapon for good and a vehicle for revolution—at least in this dystopia, with its Fascist regime led by the serenely insidious President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Here, gawd-awful gaudy too often passes for style. We are talking about you, Elizabeth Banks, in the guise of giddy government-instated cheerleader Effie Trinket, with bedazzled Oompa Loompa wigs and eyelashes that appear to be leaden lace cookies. (At least she is allowed to be a warmer presence this time around.)

    Katniss’s quick-change act is almost topped by the sight of Lawrence going full-on Liz Taylor in "Cleopatra" with Roman-circus hair and makeup, riding in a chariot before a thunderous throng and later wearing another stunning bird-inspired outfit to a pre-Hunger Games soiree. Good thing that the flinty-eyed Oscar winner is as adept at silently conveying the haunted psyche of her ace archer as she is at showcasing these fantasy frocks. Otherwise, it would be even more obvious that—just like any other No. 2 in an ongoing franchise—"Catching Fire" is merely a placeholder. And it is particularly dour experience given Katniss’s post-traumatic state of mind, as the plot simply picks up where the first movie left off and closes nowhere near to a satisfying climax.

    The 2 ½-hour running time is split in two: First, we learn that Katniss’s ploy last time to upend the rules of the games so that she and faux boyfriend Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson, still unduly cuddly) would both survive as co-champions has made Penam’s less fortunate think they, too, can rise against their overlords. As the supposed engaged couple go on tour to greet their fans, it becomes clear they see Katniss as an inspirational leader, a role she inch-by-inch grows to accept.

    With an assist from Philip Seymour Hoffman as the too-smooth-to-be-true new gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee, Snow announces a special all-stars edition of the 75th-anniversary Hunger Games Quarter Quell. Former victors of previous games recruited from Panem’s 12 districts will be pitted against one another, and Katniss and Peeta must put their lives on the line again.

    The last hour is devoted to an Olympian death match in a mock tropical jungle. The fun, such as it is, begins with such visually intriguing challenges as toxic mist, rabid baboons and a downpour of blood. Several welcome new battle participants come aboard. Much like Hoffman, such terrific talents as Jeffrey Wright, Amanda Plummer and Jena Malone are overqualified for their parts, but each delivers a distinctly defined character that brightens the proceedings considerably. At least Malone as the punk-cool Johanna provides Lawrence with a fierce foil to play against. The biggest and maybe only true laugh arrives when Johanna strips off her clothes in an elevator to the appreciation of Peeta and the disdain of Katniss.

    Director Francis Lawrence ("I Am Legend," "Water for Elephants") is confident enough to not go too heavy on the much-disdained hand-held camerawork used by his predecessor, Gary Ross. With a script by two Oscar-winning writers, "Slumdog Millionaire"’s Simon Beaufoy and "Little Miss Sunshine"’s Michael Arndt (although credited as Michael deBruyn), the action and even the speechifying move along swiftly enough.

    Yet "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" suffers from the same “something old, something borrowed “ disease that is the enemy of originality in too many Hollywood efforts of late. It is difficult to enjoy a film when you are checking off all the sources it references—"Lost" and "Survivor" from television, Star Wars (what is with the Stormtrooper ripoffs?) and "The Running Man" from movies, and Roman and Greek myths.

    What makes the books and the films compelling is the way they define anxieties and pop-culture obsessions in our everyday lives: anger over politicians, fascination with celebrities, a growing disgruntled underclass, addiction to reality shows and video games, the regularity of large-scale violent acts that monopolize TV coverage, and hateful outbreaks of bullying.

    Of course, the one truly fresh invention—and the one that matters most—is Katniss herself. With each on-screen chapter, the poor girl from District 12 continues to fulfill her destiny as an inspiration and a rebel fighter. She is but one female, but she's the perfect antidote to the surplus of male superheroes out there.

    And talk about a brewing rebellion: this is the rare action blockbuster that dares to make do without 3D. We who wear glasses already and would rather spend the ticket premium on popcorn salute you, Katniss and company .

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  • Zinjo | December 3, 2013 7:52 PMReply

    Yep, nailed it again. I knew there were elements that just didn't hit right and I see your point. Missed opportunities, poorly developed characters, etc... well done.

  • CR | December 3, 2013 7:47 PMReply

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  • Simon Crowe | December 2, 2013 9:26 PMReply

    Mags is played by Lynn Cohen, not Lynn Collins.

  • Amadan dubh | December 2, 2013 6:28 PMReply

    What an amazingly clever and original film. It was so thought provoking i was lost in thought about when in 1984 i went to brazil and a battle royal broke out, that i did not even realize it had ended for ages after and so clever that it made no sense to me at all. She is so cool and so is he and the music and flashing wow what a film. im going to watch it again and again because its just so awesome. I hope the next 1 is even more awesome and has more flashing and music and coolness. wow so cool.

  • Charissa Scott | December 2, 2013 1:10 PMReply

    I only recently watched both movies as I waited to read the books before I saw them. The books give a much more intimate understanding to most of the issues brought up here and I can only imagine how difficult a task it must be to translate a beloved book that has so much story brought through by the characters thoughts into a movie that does not allow the viewer the same insights. For those that complain, I highly recommend reading the books, I agree that the screenplay could have given a little more explanation to things, the books give a certain element of understanding to the movie while the movie offers the readers a new take on how they character development and setting. I thought both movies were really good and can't wait for the third.

  • Lex | December 1, 2013 8:30 PMReply

    Not having read the books, I wonder how Beetee's spool of wire got there. Then I marveled at how convenient it was to the plot that Katniss should shoot the dome with her wired arrow just as the lightning tree was struck, thereby destroying the dome and facilitating her own rescue -without Snow's awareness- which was the plan all along, even though she was kept in the dark about it! Talk about suspending disbelief!

  • Elizabeth | January 16, 2014 11:48 PM

    In the books it is explained that the spool of wire was in the Cornucopia (the stockpile of weapons) at the beginning of the Games. Beetee won his first games by electrocuting several people and the Cornucopia is loaded with the weapons each victor won their games with (Katniss her bow and arrows, Finnick his trident, etc).

    Using lightning that you know is going to strike at a specific time (which was explained by the arena being a clock) is hardly convenience. Beetee created a two-fold plan with the wire. One part was to electrify the water and kill all the food (because the remaining victors were relying on the food in the water) and possibly kill the other victors if they were so unwise as to step onto the wet beach after the tidal wave. The second was to wrap the wire around a knife and launch it at the weak spot in the dome himself, allowing the lightning to travel the wire and blow up the dome. Beetee is shocked and falls unconscious. Katniss figures out his plan with the knife (which was to be deduced by the audience when she picked up the knife) and when she hears the reminder to "Remember who the real enemy is (aka The Capitol)," she decides she must finish Beetee's plan, but with one of her arrows, which is more likely to hit a target rather than launching a projectile by hand. The point of blowing up the dome wasn't to facilitate her own rescue; it was to defy The Capitol again and put an end to the Games without having to kill anyone else. Katniss expects to die in the arena, which is explained in her inner monologue in the book and in the movie through her insistence that Peeta survives rather than herself. It's only because of the plan of others that she survives.

  • Guest | December 1, 2013 5:17 PMReply

    The film was excellent. Vastly better than the first, on every level.

  • Yvonne | December 1, 2013 12:36 AMReply

    It was the biggest waste of 3 hours for me! I fell in love with the first Hunger Games movie and I was so disappointed in this movie! This movie was so disjointed for me and having not read the books, I was completely confused by the ending. Save your money as well as your time. I wish I had seen "Frozen" instead.

  • Miljan | November 29, 2013 10:50 PMReply

    I think it's an almost perfect adaptation. I say almost because it can't ever be as the book. And I think some of the things criticized in this article come from the author either not having read the book or thinking it has to be different from the book. Many things seem that bad just because they stayed true to the book. I LOVE how they stayed true to the book, but I missed only a few things:

    - Peeta saying this time they would train like careers. That would explain why Katniss made it for the Cornucopia right away and why Peeta suddenly can fight so well.

    - The training scores. This way, especially because they showed us right away what Peeta did (the painting of Rue, remember in the book they covered it before Katniss came in? And she finds about it when they announce the training scores and she and Peeta both get 12 - which nobody ever got in the history of the Games... she asks Peeta what he did and he tells her. On the other hand it IS nice to have seen the painting), we don't understand why he painted it and what impact her making the Seneca Crane doll had. And it's unclear why they showed us that part of the story anyway, if they're gonna ommit the scores and make us think everybody will wanna kill them first.

    - The love-triangle with Peeta and Gale... isn't as good as in the books. We don't get to see why she is torn so much between those two.

    Other than that, I don't recall missing anything else from the books. It has the same feel for me as book 2 - even the part where we don't get any sense that it's still a reality-ty-show. In book 1 Katniss keeps reminding us of that, but in book 2 you forget it because of the sheer drama of the Arena and her trying to keep Peeta alive.

    As I said, a very, VERY well done adaptation.

    And P.S. We don't have to assume anything about Seneca Crane, we've seen him being delivered to a bowl of Nightlock at the end of movie 1.

  • Whit | November 28, 2013 10:49 AMReply

    I think you should read the book before you judge the movie. Some of the bad AND good things you said were only that way because that is how the story is. I personally am grateful they tried their best at following Suzanne Collins' story instead of creating their own.

  • Lex | November 27, 2013 12:37 AMReply

    You are insane with the Philip Seymour Hoffman comments. Your character protarayl sounds ridiculous.

  • Rachael | November 26, 2013 8:43 PMReply

    Such a great movie, I was able to watch Red 2 for free, check it out!

  • Michelle | November 26, 2013 8:44 PM

    I just seen The Hunger Games Catching Fire or free

  • kissmyassplaylist | November 26, 2013 6:21 PMReply

    phillip seymour hoffman wasn't phoning it in. plutarch heavensbee is supposed to be calm, cool, and calculating. just because he didn't have any emotional scenes doesn't mean he was being lazy. But I guess you're too dumb to realize that playlist.

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  • dsfsd | November 26, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    a lot of your criticisms are way off, playlist. catching fire was near perfect. pull your heads out of your ass.

  • XMR | November 26, 2013 4:16 PMReply

    Playlist , give me a break. Jennifer Lawrence is lousy and distracting in these Hunger Games films- her wooden acting with little facial expressions , delivering her lines with boredom , her lack of gravitas , and her inability to pull-off the intelligence and complexity of her role . With most of Jennifer's performances , she comes across like a young girl trying to be a grown-up .

    Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman are the only actors in Catching Fire that are able to breathe any life in that film.

  • seriously? | November 28, 2013 1:54 PM

    You sound like a fool who has no idea what subtlety is.

  • dsfdsfdf | November 26, 2013 5:56 PM

    suck a dick XMR. That's the only thing you're good at. you have no idea what a good actor is if you think jennifer lawrence sucks.

  • Love-HG | November 26, 2013 3:42 PMReply

    I thought the movie was pretty spot on, minus some minor flaws. One minor detail that drives me crazy is how Katniss comes to get the mockingjay pin. In the first movie she finds it in the hob and gives it to Prim as good luck for the reaping. Once Katniss volunteers, Prim hands her the pin to take into the arena. This drives me crazy!!! Katniss was allowed to wear a token of her district and it is given to her by her friend Madge, the mayor's daughter. In the second movie, Cinna hides the pin under her costume! The pin is suppose to be displayed and not a secret. At least in this movie I am starting to feel the connection between Peeta and Katniss. Before I felt like they had zero chemistry. I have mixed emotions about PSH as the new Game Maker. I believe that the lack of costume is due to his underlying discontempt for the Captiol. I hardly think that the costume director or the casting director would allow for PSH to not conform to the costume of the movie if that was truly what they wanted him to wear. I think Effie and Cesar are AWESOME! They really made the movie for me. Overall, great job! I am really looking forward to the next two movies. Still not sure how they are going to take one book and split it into two, since I felt like the book was rushed to begin with, but I guess we shall see if they can truly pull it off.

  • L_Kav | November 26, 2013 3:10 PMReply

    The thing I hate most about books that are adapted into films is how they change things and they lose the real essence of the written word. This film doesn't do that, by leaving out the things that you've put in your "negatives" the film actually sticks to how the book is. I don't believe these are bad things about the film and to be fair they add to the suspense. And anyone that's read the books will have been able to see that. I know there's some people out there that won't have read them, but the film as a standalone is brilliant and the things that they omitted, like Peeta getting captured, just adds to the reality of the film being from Katniss' point of view.

  • ska-triumph | November 28, 2013 7:27 PM

    I know the YA franchise phenomenon since POTTER keeps the books very close in your and other fans' minds when seeing these films - and yes some of these films could literally be a referential visualization of the books - but please be aware that some most film dramas exhibited yearly are ADAPTATIONS. So your frustrations are universal of any fan of the source material.

    Adaptations are never gonna be able to exactly render the written word. Thematic spines and relationships are more viable (than, say, plot actions) and it seems CATCHING FIRE did a more than decent job, even for neophytes of the books.

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    Certainly I was not the only one that noticed that Katniss had a touch of Legolas when it came to arrow availability. Sometimes she had as few as three and sometimes what looked like as many as seven. Using them did nothing coherent to diminish her supply which often then seemed to just increase. Actually in the Tolkien books even Legolas runs out of arrows, and in this movie it's ridiculous. I found it very distracting in a movie that I otherwise really liked. Paging continuity team!

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  • pissed off | November 26, 2013 6:32 AMReply

    You didn't even read the books. You didn't even read the summary. You f-cking suck at this, get fires or quit.

  • Katie Walsh | November 26, 2013 10:37 AM

    Some of us actually have read the books, so chill out, amigo.

  • Sh*thead | November 26, 2013 7:54 AM

    Shut the f*ck up. It's their job to review movies, nothing more.

  • Ross Jones | November 25, 2013 9:55 PMReply

    I agree with your positives - and most of your negatives are reasonable, even if I disagree with some of them. However, I will restrict my comments to two substantive points where you are mistaken:

    1. Picture of Rue on floor during the presentation of skills to the head gamekeeper and his assistants: True, in the book it is spelled out that Peeta drew the picture - and why. However, in the movie it is also obvious that he did it - he is existing the room as Katniss enters and gives her a meaningful look. That said, the book makes the meaning of the picture clearer but, I would hope, viewers would see it as Peeta showing his support to Katniss and, in general, all tributes.

    2.Seneca Crane's replacement by Philip Seymour Hoffman's character: I will give you a pass on this one since, I would hope, that by now you remember it was pretty obvious at the end of the first move - with Seneca Crane being forced into a room with poisoned berries - that his choice was to eat the berries or be executed. So there was an obvious opening for a new gamekeeper for the 75th Hunger games :-)

  • gtg714f | December 1, 2013 11:16 AM

    true regarding your 1st comment, but if you haven't read the books, you wouldn't notice any significance in his "meaningful" look. Or at least I didn't. I assumed the games' people painted that to rattle her and remind her who was actually in control.

  • AnnaZed | November 25, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    Certainly I was not the only one that noticed that Katniss had a touch of Legolas when it came to arrow availability. Sometimes she had as few as three and sometimes what looked like as many as seven. Using them did nothing coherent to diminish her supply which often then seemed to just increase. Actually in the Tolkien books even Legolas runs out of arrows, and in this movie it's ridiculous. I found it very distracting in a movie that I otherwise really liked. Paging continuity team!

  • 1974 | November 25, 2013 3:56 PMReply

    Well, I disagree on the most of the worst parts...I'm not a crazy fanboy, but I think this movie is close to perfection, of course it has some flaws, but they are so minor. I thought President Snow and Plutarch were chilling combination. For Seymor Hoffman- it's smart move to show him without Capitol looks, I think it actually deepens his character, making it more mysterious, which paid off in the end. I agree on the showing of tributes, it had a lot of potential, as well as showing deaths, which was a problem with the first movie too. As for the showing of revolution-I think it had to do with splitting Mockingjay in two, making it easiser to adapt the story of the third book, which simply doesen't have material for two movies. Anyway, it's probably better for the concept of the movie> 1. getting to know the world and the Hunger games, 2. beginning of revolution, game-changer moves, and 3. revolution itself

  • Will | November 25, 2013 3:17 PMReply

    Absolute worst: the Coldplay song, thankfully it's over the credits so you can just walk out.

  • dickywad | November 26, 2013 6:29 AM

    well you can eat a fking dik for being a sh1t head.

  • Vince | November 25, 2013 2:36 PMReply

    You guys are nuts, Amanda Plummer was easily the worst part of that movie and her "tick tock" scene was the worst thing in the movie by a mile.

  • Lily | December 20, 2013 8:28 PM

    The "tick tock" scene was incredibly important to the whole storyline. As for her appearance, she's suppose to have ashy skin. She is suppose to look kind of old, even sick.

  • Joe | November 29, 2013 3:09 AM

    uh that was part of the book. In the book it was a lot.. "worse" if you didn't like this character.

  • Donella | November 27, 2013 4:07 PM

    Most distracting of all was that she played a similar character on an episode of Law and Order: SVU. So I kept getting thrown out of the movie waiting for Olivia Benson to show up and figure things out.

  • AnnaZed | November 25, 2013 4:53 PM

    So right, I felt bad for the talented Plummer - that scene was dreadful. They also seemed to be at some particular pains to make her look not just unattractive but seriously ugly, why?

  • Sara | November 25, 2013 2:14 PMReply

    Well.... at this point about Snow's Granddaughter you are completely wrong. It's necessary, I don't want to say spoilers, but at the end (4) will be important, not VERY important, but her presence now does have importance.

  • Correctamundo | November 30, 2013 4:11 PM

    It isn't said whether the 76th Hunger Games takes place or not .

  • Black Yesus | November 26, 2013 6:11 AM

    I got it right away. She will be in the 76th hunger games where the Capitol's upper class kids fight in the last HGs. In the book they talk about it but I they will show it in Mockingjay part 2.

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