The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: The second in the series of science fiction dystopian romance films.
Brigette: The second film in the Hunger Games series.
Pete: Science Fiction/Dystopian Romance
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pete: Haymitch simply because of his dry wit.
Brigette: Haymitch because he was the most believable character.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Pete: President Snow because he is such power-hungry maniac.
Brigette: Katniss because she has built up too many walls around her making her very inaccessible, let alone likeable. I would hope there is more depth to the book version of Katniss.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait?
Pete: It grabbed me immediately however it did feel a little flat after about 20 minutes in.
Brigette: I went into it with high expectations but I was severely disappointed.
Peeta: “See Katniss, the way the whole “friend” thing works is that you have to tell each other the deep stuff.”
Katniss: “The deep stuff?”
Katniss: “Like what?”
Peeta: “Like… what’s your favorite color?”
Katniss: “Oh, now you’ve stepped over the line.”
Brigette: “Nobody ever wins the games. Period. There are survivors. There’s no winners.” – Haymitch
What would you change?
Pete: I’m not exactly sure what it was, but this film lacked any real “punch”. Maybe I would cut a few scenes and make it more intense.
Brigette: The dialog. It all felt forced and halting.
How was the soundtrack?
Brigette: The score by is very well suited to the film and you can listen to it on Youtube here. The soundtrack has a little something for everyone (only 4 of the songs on the soundtrack appear in the film, mostly during the end credits). From what I’ve heard, it is more of a soundtrack for the book. We’ve put it on Spotify and Grooveshark for you to listen to for yourself!
How does the film compare to the book?
Brigette: It is rare for me to watch a film knowing it is based on a book and not want to read it, but this is one of those rare instances for me.
Is it part of a series and have you seen the rest of the series?
Brigette: I did watch the first film (The Hunger Games) in the series and enjoyed it slightly more than this one. I’m really disappointed in this trend to split the last book in the series into 2 films but I will still watch the next last 2 films in the series in the hopes that there is some redeeming factor to the whole thing.
How was the ending?
Pete: Totally set up for the next installment and that annoyed me more than anything.
Brigette: A cliffhanger to ensure sales for the next film.
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: Look at the bigger picture; sometimes the enemy is not right in front of you.
Brigette: Sometimes you win the battle only to start a war.
Who would you recommend it to?
Pete: Anyone who enjoyed the first Hunger Games film.
Brigette: Reality TV fans.
Won’t Eat Their Cereal Opportunity: Jennifer Lawrence Won’t Eat Her Cereal
Recipe: Ipecac Cocktail
Craft/Activity: Knit Katniss’ Cowl
Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty)
This one was actually in the movie and was definitely the highlight for me: Firestone Walker’s Bravo Barley Wine
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
The caboose of the tour train.
Tell us about a time when winning turned out to be more of a curse than a blessing.