At the weekend I finally got round to seeing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It’s only a couple of months since I saw the first instalment, so I’m a tad behind. I enjoyed it so much that I’m thinking about squeezing the books in before the next film is released in November, but then what I like about watching the films is that I don’t know what’s going to happen. Maybe I’ll read the books after – what do you reckon?
Anyhoo, there are three main reasons why I love it so much:
1. Jennifer Lawrence! C’mon, the whole world loves her by now, ammiright?! She has managed the perfect balance of not hiding from the limelight whilst also not becoming over-exposed, she’s super-talented but not big-headed and commanding ridiculous amounts of money per film, and she appears completely genuine at all times. She’s the kinda girl others want as their new BFF.
2. Expectations. With this franchise, I originally completely dismissed it because of the Twilight comparisons. It turns out that apart from the vague overlaps (based on a series of young adult novels, young cast, love triangle), they are completely different. For a start, Katniss is a total bad-ass and Bella is a whiny, emo bitch! Yeah, I feel that strongly about it! Then the boyfriend showed an interest in watching the first one, we gave it a go and we both actually enjoyed it. And I liked the second instalment even more so.
3. The costumes, hair and make-up. Outside of the arena, it’s Effie and Katniss’ costumes that have my attention. The wedding dress was particularly amazing.
So who’s responsible for this thing of beauty? The costumes were chosen and/or designed by Trish Summerville (credits include Christina Aguilera’s tours and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and the hair and makeup were the work of a particularly large team, so I’m not sure who gets to take credit for Jena Malone’s fabulous eyelashes!
Let’s take a closer look at some more of those fabulous costumes!
Find out more about the designers behind the pieces, including the great Alexander McQueen, here.
I can’t remember another film, apart from Marie Antoinette, where I loved the costumes as much. How about you?
Check out my full review on aliljoy on Friday.