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Catching Fire

MV5BMTAyMjQ3OTAxMzNeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDU0NzA1MzAx._V1_SX214_For those of you that didn’t rush out to see the premiere of Catching Fire, you missed out. Movies are always better when the theater is full of people who are genuinely excited about what they are going to see.

Personally, I went to a double feature, showing Hunger Games and Catching Fire back to back. The extra money for the ticket was well worth it! The crowd was hyped, and the energy from the first film flowed seamlessly into the next. It really gave you a feeling of how the two films matched each other. Plus, it was funny to watch the obnoxious guy in front of me laugh after every single line Woody Harrelson (Haymich) said.

In terms of the film itself, Jennifer Lawrence did it again! She was flawless and did a spectacular job portraying the rather complex character, Katniss.  Catching Fire is truer to the book than hunger games was, and I can understand the changes that they made. Somethings in books simply do not translate well on film. It was beautiful, the world of Panem is exquisitely brought into existence, and the arena is even more devastating than before.

The writers were able to counterbalance the striking drama of the story with perfectly timed sarcastic lines from many of the characters. There are plenty of new characters and plenty of old to become newly attached to, but remember, only one person survives the Hunger Games.

I don’t want to give anything away, especially for those who haven’t read the book, but be prepared for the ending. It will leave you majorly hanging! I had so many feelings left over I didn’t know what to do.

This film is going to be all anyone is talking about for the next couple of months, so go out and see it!

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Catching Fire is Almost Here!

www.pinterest.comA more accurate picture of how I feel cannot be found.

Hunger Games was one of the best pictures of last year and it’s sequel is almost here!

If you haven’t seen the movies or read the books, they are about a futuristic society called Panem, where two children from all 12 of the districts are sent into the Hunger Games to fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take the place of her young sister, Prim. She is then sent into the arena to fight against bigger and stronger tributes.

It really is fantastic, if you haven’t heard about it you have been living under a rock.

Jennifer Lawrence stars, and she is one of the nicest people ever. Seriously! I have never seen anything that made me think anything bad about her.

Here is the Catching Fire trailer for your enjoyment:

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Les Misérables Review

Poster 1  I liked Les Misérables, but there were several things that really bugged me about it.

First of all, Hugh Jackman did a great job as Jean ValJean in terms of acting. I really felt for his character and I connected with him. But his singing left much to be desired. He sounded strained and I felt like his voice was too high. In fact, most of the voices in the film where too high. I would have liked to hear some more deep voices to add depth to the music.

Casting was strong, everyone at least looked the part.

Russel Crowe did a good job, but at times I felt like I was watching Kristen Stewart act. I felt like he could have shown a little more emotion.Poster 2 And I must admit that Anne Hathaway did not do as terribly as I expected. I was even able to stop disliking her long enough to enjoy her performance.

There were some continuity problems that caught my eye  and some things in make up that I wish had been done differently.

The thing that bothered me the most was that 90% of the film is shot in closeups despite the stunning sets that were used. I would have liked to have seen more than one person in a shot at a time more often. And after an hour or so I really did not want to look at any of the actors that close any more!

Despite these little irritations, Les Misérables was a good film and I would suggest going to see it.

The story is beautiful though a little depressing, the music is complex and dramatic, the costuming and set design was really well done, and I really enjoyed the film.

My favorite part of the film was seeing Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen pair up again. I loved both of them in Sweeney Todd and they were just the comic relief I needed during this film.

So, go check it out but be warned this is not the type of musical that most people, like myself, may be used to. I grew up with musicals like Singing in the Rain, so I expected talking and then breaking into song. Les Misérables is almost more opera than musical, since there is hardly a word that is not sung. For those of you unfamiliar with the stage play, its good to know so you aren’t surprised.

I can’t help but wonder how a person who already loved the play felt about the film. Leave a comment below and let me know!

Happy Movie Watching!

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