Welcome to another round of Elizabeth is seriously the worst procrastinator ever! I wrote up most of this post in...November....and I then I just didn't...do anything...
But new 2014 Elizabeth is ON IT. (And also I was stuck at an airport. Hi crazy weather! It may have taken me a day and a half plus the hour it took me to break into my apartment since I left the key inside, but look! Now I have blog posts!)
OH MY GOD GUYS!!! THIS MOVIE!!!
I was originally going to post about something completely different, but I ended up watching Catching Fire last night and it was SO. GOOD. I mean I thought the The Hunger Games was an ok adaption of the book, especially since there's so little dialogue. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. But this? This movie was a whole new level of good. Seriously this was me the whole time:
I was such a mess watching this. If I had been alone in my room I would have bawled my eyes out, but as I was in a theatre full of people, I kept to some teary eyes and sniffles. Where can I even begin to describe this movie?
The acting. That's a good place to start. This is one of the strongest casts I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. The chemistry between them all is just amazing. Certain actors pull more out of the characters than I had originally felt reading the books, which is really saying something. The first and foremost of those is definitely Woody Harrelson's Haymitch. In the books I saw Haymitch as a crotchety old drunk - which he is, but Harrelson brings a whole new layer to the character. I won't spend too much time on all the reasons, but I think anyone who has seen the movie at least can agree he is a great Haymitch. I was extremely shocked at the level of chemistry Lenny Kravitz brings to the screen as Cinna in the first Hunger Games, and he doesn't disappoint in this movie either. I think he's the character I see the most talked about which is amazing since Kravitz doesn't have much screen time in either film, but he clearly packs a punch with his five minutes of screen time. And then there's Elizabeth Banks who really nails Effie's character, and of course I'm a huge Jennifer Lawrence fan, and ok I will sum up the rest of the cast as simply amazing because that is the less wordy way of saying what I feel about everyone. They were all great and if their characters were different than how I imagined them, they were so committed to their interpretation of the characters that I became a believer too.