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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE to Eliminate “Shaky Cam” and Focus More on the Love Triangle… BOO!!!

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 10:41 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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The Hunger Games exploded onto the big screen last March and shattered all expectations set by the Suzanne Collins young adult novel. The first novel was by far my favorite of the three, with the follow-up Catching Fire being okay, and the finale Mockingjay being abysmal. Gary Ross directed the original and made a tremendous movie by shooting the entire film handheld to give it a real-world feel, and felt very strongly that the Capitol, its inhabitants, and the games themselves should not be glamorized in any way. He also did away with Collins’ story telling gimmick of only utilizing Katniss’ point of view, a process that becomes extremely limited in the second and third book because a lot happens when Katniss is otherwise occupied, and we as a reader are only told about it third hand. There are at least two major battles/objectives that we don’t get to see because Katniss isn’t present.

It looks like new director Francis Lawrence is going to expand on the story telling aspect, at least from what we’ve seen in the trailers, but he is doing away with the hand held, and intentionally ramping up the love triangle in a move that I am sure will infuriate fans of the franchise.  Granted I am not a teenage girl, but I find this statement very upsetting. There is a lot of action and character moments that can be explored, but to harp on something that is not even a huge deal in the books to capitalize on things like the Twilight franchise is bad news. Yes there is some tension in the book, but it is nowhere near the most prevalent thing in the story. At the same time Lawrence is also gearing up for Mockingjay Part 1 and 2, and undoubtedly the love-triangle will come into play significantly more there.

Speaking with New York Magazine (via The Playlist), Francis Lawrence addressed his take on the material, noting that he has ditched Ross’ camera style:

“No! [Laughs.] No shaky cam. I think a lot of people will be happy to hear that.”

Lawrence also added that he has decided to focus more on the love story between Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss, Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth’s Gale this time around:

“I felt the love story in general was, um, a bit buried in the first one. I wanted to bring the love story to the surface. And when I say love story, I mean the triangle.”

I have been very optimistic about Catching Fire. The trailers have looked great, there is a lot that appears to be told from a non-Katniss point of view, and the cast is amazing, but this news does put a small damper on my expectations. Only time will tell if this film will improve on the mediocre novel. If it does it will give me and the legion of people who hated Mockingjay hope for those films as well.  Let us know what you think of the Hunger Games in the comment section below.

Official synopsis for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

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    • Jennifer

      I’m with you in your hatred for Mockingjay. I really hope he’s able to make me excited about having to sit through two movies based on a book I loath. I’m looking forward to Catching Fire though!

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