Date: 20/21 November 2013
Place: Nu Metro @ Walmer Park Shopping Centre,Port Elizabeth
Time: 11:30pm - 2:30am
Wow what an awesome experience. It all started when I heard that there were free tickets to the new movie being released, Catching Fire - (The Hunger Games 2) on Algoa FM. Little did I know and clearly I missed the part where they mentioned it was for the midnight premier!
The entire day I was excited and nervous. My friend Christell (aka partner in crime and adventures) joined me yet again for an unusual event we had never been to before. Prepping for the middle of the night movie, I stocked us up with a monster energy drink each, just to make sure we would stay awake through the movie! Alas there was no need as the movie was action packed enough to keep our attention and us at the edge of our seats!
Arriving at Walmer Park at 11:30pm, I was pleasantly suprised to see vibey staff and even a Dj playing some upbeat tunes welcoming us. Christell and I got some popcorn and headed to the theater. (I mean who goes to movies and doesn't have popcorn? even a kiddies combo?) There was a bigger turn out of people that I expected. I thought who would go to a midnight premier, if they didn't win tickets like I did? Well there were easliy between 30 - 50 people there! All sleep deprived yet dedicated.
The movie started promptly and went straight into the movie, which we were grateful for as who knew what time we would of walked out of there had there been more. The movie had me in tears atleast twice.
The directors did a wonderful job with the movie and the casting!
Katniss: Just like the first movie = awesome. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing and I think she is the perfect leading lady. Beautiful and brains.
Peeta: I love Peeta to pieces. Josh Hutcherson plays the role so well. Good looking and considerate. I had a collegue who read the book first and didn't agree with this casting. I really look forward to his performance in Mocking Jay as that book is intense and test Josh's acting skills to the limit.
Mags - Lynne Cohen did a brilliant job, My heart ached seeing her and the role she played in this film. It's one thing to act with words, but to act without and touch the audiences heart is something else.
Nuts and bolts - (Beetee & Wiress) I loved these characters!
Johanna - What a bad-ass yet awesome character. Jen Malone brought this character to life brilliantly.
Haymitch - reading the books helped me appreciate him more as a character. I think you miss out on a lot without the book background, like I did with the first movie. This time round was much better and Woody Harrelson did a wonderful job.
President Snow - What a brilliant 'bad guy'.
Plutarch - Brilliantly played Philip Hofman - Cool, Calm & Collected. I thought there were one or two parts that were important that they left out.
Effie - I think the movie didn't portray what an amazing character this really is. CF did her a little bit more justice as you see what a beautiful heart she has.
Scenes I loved:
- I loved the wedding dress / mockingjay dress scene with Caeser. I won't say anymore as I don't want to spoil this for you!
- I laughed all the way through the first scene with Johanna, Peeta, Katniss & Haymitch in the elevator! One word = Awkward!
The Ending: I was a bit disappointed at the closing scene. Maybe it is because I read the books that I expected more. This would be my only critique of the movie, otherwise I thought they did a great job of bringing this book to the big screen.
We left at about 2:20-ish. This was a wonderful adventure. I can't say I will be doing the midnight premier again but atleast I can say, been there, seen it and ate the popcorn!
What did you think of this movie? I'd love to hear your thoughts!