Catching Fire - PG-13 - 146 minutes
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, & Woody Harrelson
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) attempt to appease the twelve districts on their victory tour.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.