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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Transcript of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
By: Nicolet Chapman
Jennifer Lawrence- Katniss Everdeen
Jack Quaid- Marvel
Taylor St. Clair- Ripper
Josh Hutcherson- Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth- Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson- Haymitch Abernathy
Elizabeth Banks-Effie Trinket
Donald Sutherland- President Snow
Philip Seymour Hoffman- Plutarch Heavensbee
Jena Malone- Johanna Mason
Sam Claflin- Finnick Odair
Stanley Tucci- Caesar Flickerman
Toby Jones- Claudius Templesmith
Jeffrey Wright- Beetee
Lenny Kravitz- Cinna
Willow Shields- Primrose Everdeen
Paula Malcomson- Ms. Everdeen
Lynn Cohen- Mags
Alan Ritchson- Gloss
Amanda Plummer- Wiress
Toby Jones- Claudius Templesmith
Identification of Genre
This movie is an example of a hybrid film; it combines the two genres action-adventure and sci-fi.
"Fast paced editing"
"Use of close up/Insert shots/High Key Lighting"
"The characters take the twist and turns of the plot very seriously as they are often in mortal danger from an assortment of unusual animals, machines and monsters orchestrated by an evil antagonist."
"A fast moving narrative with constant set backs that are overcome one by one, leading to fairly complex plots."
"Romantic sub-plot, Humorous dialogue"
These types of movies are typically designed to keep audience's on the edge of their seats with very exciting and sometimes scary situations. With this in mind, however, directors of these kinds of films also make sure that the viewer can relate to the characters and what they're going through/experiencing.
Common conventions found in Catching Fire that are often prevalent in sci-fi movies, are:
Wide/Extensive camera shots are often used to show a new area.- When the tributes are introduced to the arena
Have to do with "areas or anomalies that don't exist"- The Hunger Games/Quarter Quell or Panem aren't real events/places in the world today. Although Panem is supposedly North America after the apocalypse, it still isn't something that exists today.
High-tech technology is prevalent, in this way, the audience has an idea of what the world will look like in the future.
The narrative of these movies often follows the main character, who is usually striving to stop "an evil, unrelenting force."- In this film, the narrative revolves around Katniss and her struggles. (Ex- Trying to save her family/friends/District from the harshness of the Capitol, fighting for her life in the Hunger Games once again, trying to take down the Capitol, etc.)- "Good vs. Evil"
The protagonist doesn't really understand why his/her help is needed or if they'll even be able to help. They often doubt their abilities and question themselves "if this what they were destined to do." - Katniss is seen as the symbol for the District's revolution against the capitol; however, she constantly believes that she doesn't want this immense role and wonders if she can even help them and their cause. She is just one person and doesn't believe she can really make a difference.
"The antagonist will often be stubborn and arrogant." They often have followers/minions who will carry out their dirty work for them.- President Snow, the antagonist in this movie, embodies this role; he is very bitter that Katniss has spurred this revolution and wants things to only go his way- for Katniss to calm the Districts down and for things to go back the way they were. People also follow his every whim and carry out his intentions for him; i.e. Plutarch Heavensbee supposedly makes the arena of areanas to defeat Katniss and make the Districts fall out of favor with her, the officers who implement their superiority/strict and harsh rules over the Districts, etc.
Common conventions found in Catching Fire that are often prevalent in adventure movies, are:
"Dramatic, non-diegetic sound"- Throughout the movie, many songs are played to help create a certain mood in the scene and help to evoke certain emotions from the audience. (Ex- When Peeta hits the forcefield while trying to clear away branches with his sword in the arena, he faints thus ensuing foreboding/dramatic music to play to show how desperate Katniss and the other tributes there are to revive him.)
"Relationships with new technology"- This movie utilizes many high-tech appliances. (Ex- The targets that resemble people made out of yellow blocks that move as a person would when Katniss is preparing to go back into the arena. They disassemble when she successfully shoots them.)
"Dominant representation of gender: male/female action hero" Furthermore, this protagonist has a lot of endurance/precision when faced with times of difficulty or danger and is very intelligent.- Katniss Everdeen embodies the typical protagonist found in an adventure film. (Although males are often seen cast as this role, women are occasionally, and successfully, cast, as well.)
Innocent characters who, by chance, happen to associate with the protagonist, somehow always seem "to get caught up in the action."- The other tributes in the arena, besides Katniss, are all there to protect her, no matter if it costs their lives or not, because she is the symbol of the revolution against the Capitol and must be saved so the Districts have hope that times will change. Every district also suffers from respecting Katniss and essentially liking the idea of a revolution.
"Exotic locations where the characters have to contend with extremes of climate, as well as evil forces."- The main characters are placed in an arena where they have to not only fight for their lives against the other tributes, but also defend themselves against the arena itself which acts as a clock, with a new challenge to overcome each hour. at a specific spot. As well as the less than favorable conditions of the districts themselves.
Katniss in the training room before the games shooting at computer generated targets
The Arena for the Hunger Games
Overview of Panem in the Hunger Games
Summary of the Film
Catching Fire, the second movie in the trilogy the Hunger Games, starts off with Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the victors of the the last Hunger Games (A fight to the death in an arena developed by the Capitol of Panem in this post-apocalyptic world where each District must send two tributes; only one emerges as the victor, but in the last Games, Everdeen and Mellark, the last standing tributes, threatened to commit suicide, so they both won.) are preparing to set off on their Victory Tour. Before they are to leave, Everdeen is visited by President Snow, who gives her an ultimatum: she must help lessen the Districts desire for Revolution or she and her family/friends will be killed. As Everdeen and Mellark embark on their tour, it is quite prevalent that an uprising is starting in the districts and Everdeen is the catalytic symbol of it; because of this, harsh officers have been placed in every District, strictly implementing their dominance over the masses, hopefully suppressing their desire for revolution.
When they return home from the tour, Everdeen and Mellark learn that they will have to go back into the Hunger Games because this year will mark the 75th year that the Games have been in existence. Every 25 years, a new twist is added to keep the Games interesting; this year, past victors are the new tributes for the games and must, once again, compete for their lives.
Mellark and Everdeen are sadly thrown back into the Games, but little to Everdeen's knowledge, a good portion of the tributes are trying to keep her alive so that they can escape from the arena in the end and bring her to District 13 so that she can be the symbol of the revolution. Even the new head game maker, Plutarch Heavensbee, is in on the plan to rescue Everdeen from the Games.
Narrative of the Film
Exposition- Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the last Hunger Games and are to embark on their Victory Tour; When Everdeen and Mellark were the last two standing in the games last year, they tried to commit suicide by consuming poisonous berries. This was seen as an act of defiance against the Capitol and has actually stirred rebellion in the Districts/put the ideas of revolution in their minds; President Snow isn't happy with Everdeen being seen as this symbol for revolution and threatens that if she doesn't do something to suppress the common people's desire for revolution, he will kill her and her family/friends
Rising Action- Everdeen and Mellark visit District 11 for the first stop on their Tour and instead of using the cards provided by Effie to address the public, they speak freely/express their sympathy for the fallen tributes and their families. This causes a small uprising in the District, causing some of the people who saluted Everdeen and Mellark to get shot; Everdeen and Mellark become engaged; Gale gets whipped for trying to save a citizen in District 12 from getting hurt by an officer; Everdeen becomes aware of the recent uprisings in the Districts and plans to escape but ends up not; Everdeen and Mellark will have to go back into the Hunger Games because this year marks the 75th Hunger Games (Every 25 years, there is a Quarter Quell where a new twist is added to the Games to make it more interesting; this year, past victors are the tributes); For her last interview for the Games, Cinna (Everdeen's designer) has her wear her wedding dress that turns into a mocking jay dress when she spins around. This is seen as another act of defiance against the Capitol and puts Cinna's life on the line.
Conflict- Everdeen and Mellark (along with the other tributes) must go back into the Hunger Games because of the Quarter Quell and face the emotional and physical strain that the previous one had put on them once more; Everdeen's life , as well as her family/friends lives, are put on the line if Everdeen doesn't find a way to suppress the ideas of revolution amongst the Districts; the Districts seek revolution against the Capitol and are often harmed by officers placed in the Districts to subdue feelings for Revolution (Ex- Gale getting whipped by one of the officers because he tried to protect another citizen); Cinna is beaten before Everdeen is to enter the Games, making her very anxious and worrisome; Everdeen and Mellark team up with Finnick, Mags (Who willingly kills herself), Joanna, Beetee, and Wiress
Climax- As they are going to carry out their plan to shock the other tributes/kill them, Joanna deeply cuts Everdeen's arm and runs away. After this, she runs to Mellark who is supposedly at the lightning tree but can't find him; she sees Beetee is unconcious and he was trying to blow out the electric force field- Everdeen decides to successfully do this herself
Falling Action- Everdeen is picked up by a hovercraft with Plutarch and Haymitch in it- they are bringing her and Finnick (The only two they could save) to District 13 where an army is developing to rebel against the Capitol
Denouement- This film does not have a true denouement because it is only the second movie amongst a trilogy of movies. The movie ends with a multitude of unanswered questions (What will happen to Peeta and the other tributes who were left behind in the Games? Will the Districts successfully rebel against the Capitol? How did they organize this elaborate plan without anyone finding out? What happened to Cinna and is he still alive?) that are only to be answered with the last two movies (Which are essentially the same movie, just broken up into two because of the length.)
This film deserves 4/5 stars. The movie was a good representation of the book (Despite a few discrepancies).
Story line was unique and captivating
The actors cast for the roles in the film did more than an exemplary job bringing characters on a page to life; they were able to evoke certain emotions from the audience (Like sympathy and anger) through their action. The character's personalities were illuminated through the actors.
The sets were impeccably designed and helped, along with the acting, to give a real life aspect to the film
Costumes were amazing
Although many of the past victors couldn't even fathom going back into the Hunger Games because of the Quarter Quell, there weren't many instances in the film where the main characters were really confronted with certain life or death experiences; the games were pretty mellow this time around compared to the first games and the reactions of Mellark and Everdeen were over dramatized.
A lot more energy compared to the last movie and captures the audience's attention more
It's built up that there will be this great revolution but Everdeen couldn't appear more apathetic towards leading it
The camera shots are jumpy, which although helps emphasize certain emotions conveyed in each scene, make it harder for the audience to fully understand what is going on/it can confuse them; distracted from the story
Lack of lighting in some scenes makes it harder for the audience to see things
Great themes are exercised
Everdeen's Mocking Jay Dress
Man who saluted Everdeen in Disctrict 11 dragged to be shot by officers
Camera Angles/Editing Techniques
The quick progression of the different camera angles exemplifies Everdeen's anxiety and panic over the situation. Right before the Games started, she watched Cinna get beaten pretty badly and she isn't aware whether he's alright or not. The rapidity of the camera angles also exemplifies the lack of focus she has in this high intensity situation. An arc shot is also used as Everdeen takes in her surroundings. This represents all of the different things that she has to now focus on; everything is happening all at once and this shot shows that her head is spinning because of this; she is now recognizing all that she has to do to. Many close ups are used to exemplify Everdeen's determination/panic and fear. The camera also acts as Everdeen's eyes so that the audience is perceiving things as Everdeen is; causes the audience to empathize with what Everdeen is currently going through.
The overall lighting in this scene is very dim and creates a small amount of shadow (Ex: Unable to really see the eyes of Mellark and Everdeen). This dimness of light really helps to convey the mood of this scene: very solemn and sad, yet serious and respectable/sympathetic. It also really helps to show how distraught Mellark and Everdeen are over the fallen tributes. Furthermore, the dimness of light also shows the severity/direness of the situation and how serious it really is. To the Victors, this isn't a laughing matter where they're flaunting around their win; they really want to show District 11 that they didn't want any of this to happen. It shows all of their disdain towards the Capitol/government; the people have fallen into this routine where this happens every year, and they have fallen into a sort of depression. At the end of the scene, the community salutes Everdeen and Mellark, and the light of the sky illuminates them with Everdeen at the head of it. This really emphasizes how prevalent the desire for revolution is because of Everdeen.
Setting/Props- This scene is placed in a very extravagant Presidential Palace. There are many lavish decorations: including lighted waterfalls, baroque furniture, etc. Luxurious items like these are probably used in this scene to really show how different the Capitol people are from the Districts; the commoners stuck in the Districts would probably never get to see any of these items of this extravagance. The setting is probably portrayed this way to exemplify this great difference and hint at the possibility that Victors may experience this to surrpress their anger/rebellious attitude after enduring the horrendous Hunger Games. The props in this scene also further help to illuminate this difference as well as show the carefree attitudes of the people of the Capitol.
Facial Expressions/Body Language- Everdeen and Mellark's expressions show how disenchanted with the entire atmosphere of the party; shows how angry they are at the fact that while they enjoy this extravagant lifestyle, people in the Districts are forced to suffer from poverty, lack of money/food, strict regulations, etc. They also have to live with the fact that they might end up fighting of their very lives in the Hunger Games. Everdeen and Mellark's body language seem very rehearsed and less than energetic further emphasizing this. Everyone else, on the other hand, are very lively/high-spirited and carefree. This kind of shows how they are missing the bigger picture- while they are enjoying this, they feed off of the ordeals the people of the Districts have to face/the tributes in the Hunger Games, missing the bigger picture of it all- people are risking their lives.
Placement of characters- Everdeen and Mellark are constantly at the center of everyone and everything. This shows that the tough ordeals suffered by them, along with other tributes/Districts, are what the people of the Capitol live for- it's their entertainment, they don't feel bad for them. President Snow is on the balcony, above everyone, when he gives his Presidential address. This shows that he is above everyone, and is in control of everything and anything.
Costumes/Hair/Make-up- The costumes and make-up are very lavish and extravagant. It kind of shows that that's really all that the Capitol cares about; having the most popular trends, being beautiful, etc. They aren't concerned with anything else.
Colors- Purple is prominently displayed throughout this scene. The color purple symbolizes luxury and gives off the "peace of mind" vibe. The color purple really describes the people of the Capitol this symbolic meaning of purple really embodies the people of the Capitol- very extravagant and kind of oblivious to how much the Districts are suffering. They're just living in their own care free worlds, paying no mind to the governments flaws.
Lighting- This scene has little lighting, making everything dark. The scene takes place at night, but with the lack of lighting, it could further be analyzed to the point where it could help to exemplify the Capitol's obliviousness to the District's pain and suffering.
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