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Movie Review Twofer: Catching Fire & Frozen

Catching Fire - PG-13 - 146 minutes
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, & Woody Harrelson

- Jennifer Lawrence was amazing. She may not be the best actress in the world, but she is certainly one of the most talented young actresses in Hollywood today and anyone who says she can't act should reassess their stance on the dramatic arts. Josh Hutcherson was really good too and I am beyond happy that he was given so much more to do in this movie because Peeta is honestly my favorite character. I'm really excited to see what he does with Peeta in the Mockingjay movies. I'm excited to see what both of them do actually. I think that both of them really get their characters and I really have to commend Francis Lawrence and the screenwriters as well because I just feel like as much as Katniss is a pain in the ass, everyone really "got" her this time around.

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) attempt to appease the twelve districts on their victory tour.

- Sam Claflin was really good as Finnick in my opinion. Better than I expected him to be and I kind of hope that some of the people who were so adamantly against his being cast because he wasn't "attractive" enough leave the theatre liking his performance as well. His accent did slip just a little bit though from what I noticed, but it wasn't too bad.
- The effects were MUCH better than in the first movie, but with an increased budget it would have been a shame if they weren't.
- The arena was almost exactly how I had pictured it. I loved it.
- Jena Malone was really quite good as Johanna. The first time I saw the movie I liked her, but I was a little iffy about her delivery. Seeing it again though really made me appreciate what she did with the character and I can't wait to see more of her (in Mockingjay Part 2 because lbr she'll barely be in Part 1).

Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, the fiery ax wielding female tribute from District 7.

- I am a little sad that certain things had to be cut for time reasons or otherwise (especially some bonding scenes between Peeta and Katniss before the games), but I think it was still pretty effective the way they handled them. The same thing goes for them filling in certain gaps left behind by the first movie.
- The only thing I didn't particularly care for was the fact that there was a bit too much focus on the love triangle for my taste~ mostly because they added in an extra kiss with Gale but cut out actual Peeta/Katniss scenes from the book.

Overall I think I'd give it 8.5/10. I really liked it and it's definitely one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I have ever seen, but I do think some things could have been done better or differently.

Frozen - PG - 108 minutes
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, & Santino Fontana

EDIT - JUNE 14, 2014: My thoughts about this movie have changed a lot since that initial viewing, so I re-did it.

- I loved this movie, but there are quite a number of things wrong with it, and not just little things either, but I will get into those later and stick with the positives (and the not-as-negative-as-they-could-be negatives) for now.
- For as much complaining I did about this movie when it was first announced that the title had been changed, and when pictures of Anna were released that had her looking exactly like Rapunzel, and the fact that there were seriously 4x as many semi-prominent men than women in a story about sisters, I truly do like this movie. I like the setting (Scandinavia represent) and I do like some of the characters. I like Elsa (despite the myriad of problems I have with how she was handled), I like Kristoff, I love Hans, and I can tolerate Olaf - he's great for comedic relief and he's much less annoying than I was dreading he'd be.
- Soundtrack highlights: Let It Go and Love is an Open Door. And for just the score: Vuelie, Heimr Arnadalr, Sorcery, & Summit Siege.

Elsa (Idina Menzel) comes to terms with her powers in the show-stopper that is "Let It Go"

- Words cannot express how much it means to me that the act of true love to cure Anna's frozen heart was her saving her sister's life. It wasn't a kiss form Kristoff, it wasn't Kristoff saving her, it had fuck all to do with Kristoff. It was her in an act of pure selflessness. But!! And this is directed more towards tumblr than anything else, let's not start acting that it wasn't heavy handed or like this is the first movie to attempt something like this. Because it's not. Also more on this later.
- The plot is a little thin and the timeline is drastically different than I thought it would be. Aside from the opening montage, the movie seems to take place in just a few days and the scenes of Elsa running away aren't flashbacks like I assumed they'd be so it feels a bit rushed in that respect. On a rewatch however, it really seemed to flow so much better, but I think it's because I already knew everything that was going to happen so I could focus more on other things.
- I know there has been contention about this, but I personally thought the villain was BRILLIANT. You'd like to think it wasn't well thought out, but I mean, if you're really paying attention, there are hints literally EVERYWHERE. Though, to be fair, this (much like everything about Elsa) could have and SHOULD HAVE been given further exploration.

Prince Hans (Santino Fontana) tries to get Elsa to put an end to the eternal winter.

- Now for the bad stuff...I said above that I truly do appreciate Anna saving Elsa thus thawing her frozen heart, but it was done in a way that felt like they were shoving it down our throats. It was very ham-fisted and when you think about it, it unfortunately doesn't really make any sense. Yes, Anna and Elsa were close when they were children, but as adults they barely even knew each other. They rarely, if ever, spoke to each other in the years after the accident leading up to the coronation. How close can you really be if you never interact? And trust me, I understand that bonds can form even when people don't see each other for awhile or are worlds apart, but there still has to be some form of interaction. Elsa and Anna, from what we saw, never interacted after the accident. Ever. Anna tried, multiple times, but Elsa was too frightened to really want to. And this is why both Anna and Elsa are ultimately disappointing as characters and why the movie really suffers in terms of writing. The main narrative of the story is its weakest part and that is pretty inexcusable.
- All that said though, really the only thing about this movie that is truly reprehensible about this movie are the trolls

Overall, I would give this an 6.5/10, at most a 7/10. Because like I said, I still like it, despite the problems I do have. It's not the best  animated movie ever made (lmao at people who genuinely think it is), but it's still (re-)watchable and at times really enjoyable. If only you don't think too much about it.

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