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Part Two: Staff Discuss Favourite Scenes of ‘Catching Fire’


A few days ago we brought you Part One of our discussion on some of the staff members favourite scenes of ‘Catching Fire’. Now it’s time for Part Two! You might still find some scenes are ‘missing’ but these are the ones that stood out the most to our staffers. We could have very easily titled this editorial “ Staff Discuss Favourite Scenes of ‘Catching Fire’: Entire Movie Edition’ and we very well might one day!

We had some amazing comments left on Part One, so please keep them coming 😀 Again, here they are in no particular order:

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District 11 Victory Tour

Ciara: The Odds are Never in our Favor. The armoured van they are forced to travel in with a heavy Peacekeeper entourage. The flippiant way Effie tells them how they will have to speak about the fallen tributes, Thresh and Rue. The anguish in Katniss’ eyes. Peeta’s offer to do all the talking: there’s a slow build-up of tension before the victors even step out to greet the crowds of District 11. The air is so still as the families of the dead stand on raised platform with their loved ones’ images on gigantic screens, a spotlight on their grief. Our first introduction to the Victory Tour encapsulates everything Collins told us of its purpose: “… it is the Capitol’s way of keeping the horror fresh and immediate.” And it’s really the performances that hold it all together, particularly Jennifer Lawrence and Kimberley Drummond. I love that they included Peeta dropping the card and speaking from the heart (Haymitch’s “Oh s***” also drives the revolutionary point home). The way in which Katniss hesitates to speak and then turns back because she must say something, every beat of the scene is orchestrated to perfection. It’s a highly emotional part of the story and the cue of ‘Rue’s Farewell’ from James Newton Howard’s first score makes it quite difficult not to well-up if you ever cared for District 11’s young tribute. Changes to the text are also hits right to the soul: “She was too gentle.” And it’s our first true and devestating introduction to the suffocating presence and brutality of the Capitol in the Districts as the Peacekeepers strike open their batons in unison while the music reaches a cresendo. Throughout the entire film this is the moment when the rebellion felt not only closest at hand but when it felt most necessary. Stirring stuff and crafted with such perfection.

Carla: I think this was the one part of the movie which made me legitimately misty-eyed. The pain in Rue’s mother’s eyes went straight to my heart.

Tash: Like Carla this was the one part of the film where I got a little teary eyed. It was so emotionally powerful as Katniss delivered her speech, then you are pulled in a different direction emotionally as the Peacekeepers grab the old man.


The tree scene at the end of the arena

Sarah: This scene was just PERFECT. Its the moment I was most excited to see come to life, because its the bit that confused me the most in the book! Seeing it brought to life really cleared up a lot of my confusion about where on earth everyone disappeared to. I loved how they so accurately showed the pain of Peeta and Katniss’ involuntary seperation. Josh’s acting here was just amazing, showing the confusion, reluctancy and pain at their seperation (which we know is the one thing he regrets the most from Mockingjay). That was probably my favourite part of this scene, and was definitely the most powerful. The use of the tracking shot and the lingering glaces killed me, and my heart just broke when she said, “I’ll see you at midnight”, because of course she’ll never see the Peeta we know and love ever again. They managed to portray the sheer craziness of the last minutes in the arena in a very believeable way, which took some doing (props to Francis once again, you blew me away!). The foreshadowing for the next movie was beautifully done, and the last moments in the arena with Katniss ready to shoot Finnick, with Snow cheering her on I was on the edge of my seat! Another beautiful moment was the slow motion shots of the explosions around a very still, lifeless Katniss once she blows up the forcefield. The claw pick-up was great too, with Katniss spreading her arms in the shape of the Mockingjay she will become in the next movie. Just such a powerful and moving ending to what was an amazing film… I just can’t watch it enough times!

Carla: If the beach scene killed me, this one was the final nail in my coffin. Death by Katniss/Peeta feels, that sounds about right!

Tash: When Katniss said “see you at midnight” I felt like I had been hit by a tonne of bricks. Add to that the looks between the pair of them and I was in the death by Katniss/Peeta feels camp too!

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The Reaping

Carla: The main reason why I love the reaping scene can be summed up in three words: Effie, Effie, Effie. Elizabeth Banks killed me a little in this scene. The way she was still trying to put on the “show” as the Capitol’s escort, but it was a subdued version of her usual spiel, because she was in pain, too, at having to send two of these people she’s grown to love back to the arena. She’s not uppity about what she has to do; being reaped is clearly no longer an “honor” in her mind– even though she’s still forced by her job to play it like it is, she knows better now, she knows she will likely not see them again, and it hurts her that she’s basically sending them to their death. Elizabeth plays this moment so beautifully. But apart from that, there are many other details that kept building up my already-large pile of emotional pain through this scene. The way they’re led to the podium by an escort of Peacekeepers, for one: it leaves no question (both for us and for the inhabitants of District Twelve) that they are indeed being punished. There’s a very death-row feel to that part of the scene. The few peeks we sneak at Gale in the crowd, he looks like he’s in such pain and blaming himself for not having run away with Katniss before. The way Effie almost sighs before saying Haymitch’s name, like she knows, and dreads, how things are going to play out. Peeta standing his ground when Haymitch tries to stop him from volunteering; he’s looking Haymitch straight in the eye, no longer mentor-mentee but instead man to man, equals, so that Peeta can demand from Haymitch that he respect his decision, even if his decision is to go into the arena and die for Katniss. The fact that Mrs. Everdeen is the one who initiates the salute, which for me was unexpected but appreciated, and the way Gale raises his hand more slowly, which I took to mean that even if they’re taking Katniss away from him again, even though he already once had to go through the pain of watching her go through the Games and become a different person, he will still support her. How Peeta raises his hand before Katniss does, once again showing us a bit of that rebellious, even angry side that rounds up the character so well. The emptiness in Katniss’ eyes as she raises her own hand. And Prim’s parting expression, so stunned and hollow at the thought that she may never get to talk to her beloved sister again. This scene was haunting and heartbreaking from beginning to end. Bravo!

Sarah: I agree with Carla, any Effie scene and I’m sold! My fav part was Effie saying ‘Now for the men’ instead of ‘now for the boys’. Shows the huge departure from the first reaping.


The Jabberjays

Camille: This scene is one of my favourite scenes from the movie. I loved all the movie but this scene is particularly intense. I think the acting in this scene is incredible. Katniss’ pain and Finnick’s pain look so strong that I was almost in pain with them as well. Peeta’s concern is also very intense and we can see how much he cares for Katniss and that he would give everything to make her feel better. I hold my chair, with all my muscles tensed because of how strong the whole scene was. Prim’s voice also sounds in so much pain that I almost wanted to run with Katniss in the jungle to find her. The whole scene is very true to the book, and it’s almost exactly how I pictured it when I read it. The music also brings you even further into the intensity of the scene. All of those reasons make this scene one of my favourite of the movie.

Carla: This is my favorite scene from the books, and I couldn’t be happier at how tense and emotional it came across. The way Peeta leans against the force field as if trying to be as close to Katniss as possible even though they’re physically separated, it kills me.

Tash: Another moment ripped straight out of the book, it was exactly as awful for Katniss and Finnick as I had imagined. The CGI and the sound effect of those birds were just terrific and I Sam nailed the traumatised-vacant look and “I’m okay” afterwards.

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The monkey mutts

Cory: Katniss looks up after talking to Finnick about Mags’ death, and you know exactly whats about to happen. She draws an arrow and Finnick grabs his trident. Any mistrust they had before seems to vanish as an army of Monkey Mutations (mutts) appear. Everything is still. Suddenly the monkeys burst out into screams and completely trap Katniss, Finnick, and Peeta in a small pool! This scene was scary and created a new fear of monkeys for me! The monkeys were created to look like Mandrill Baboons, which in my opinion, is terrifying! Arrows and blades stab and slash through each monkey who attacks to kill. I think this is really when the tributes begin to trust one another, protecting each other against the dangers of the jungle. After ten or so monkeys are killed, one jumps on Katniss and knocks her straight into the shallow pool. Oh gosh Im sweating now! The mutts teeth are inches away from her neck, when Peeta’s danger finishes it off. He pulls Katniss up and they make a run for it. Katniss’s first concern is Peeta’s protection, so Finnick is left to deal with the monkeys. You can’t help but to bite your nails as the tributes try to make their way to the beach, hopefully leaving behind the rabid monkeys. Katniss is knocked over by a mutt and Peeta comes face to face with one of the them. The female morphling jumps out of the vines she was using to conceal herself and takes the mutts teeth right into her neck. At first she startled me, I was so caught up in the fight, I had forgotten her. After they make it to the beach, now carrying a dying tribute, the monkeys seem to be unable to follow, because they left the three to four o’clock sector. Finnick, still in his fighting mode keeps his trident raised as the monkeys literally bark at him. It over, I can breath! And now I can cry as the morphling is gasping for breath…Peeta calms her down in the perfect way, talking about the colors of the sky. It could not have been said any better. Its over and my muscle relax. This scene standout to me because the monkey’s felt so real and threatening. The actors did a perfect job, as usual! This scene was better then I expected and imagined it! If im ever in that jungle arena, you wont find me in that sectorin, ill be chillin’ on the beach!

Carla: I’m in awe of this whole scene, but particularly that part where Katniss is underwater. I wanted this scene to be amazing, but now I think amazing doesn’t even begin to cover it. Mind blown!

Tash: Ditto to Carla – it was just as amazing if not better than the book!


The Whipping

Natalie: This scene is heart wrenching on the page but on screen it was just like so many others throughout the movie and blew my mind that Gale is saving Sae from the wrath of new Head peackeeper Thread by tackling him. The courage to do that in such a world. To just act without caution. I love that it comes after the Katniss trying to get him to run away so they are safe and we see what can happen instantaneously Katniss is the Mockingjay here in that she is standing up for what she believes. To then be joined by Peeta and Haymitch who diffuses it so brilliantly. Then scene with Snow and Heavensbee is another amazing moment!. To watch it play out it showed us that in the world of Panem NOBODY is safe, everybody is expendable/replaceable if you no longer suit your purpose.

Carla: I tip my hat off to Patrick St. Esprit as Head Peacekeeper Thread. The man was terrifying! Gave me chills.

Tash: Patrick St. Esprit is another indicator of just how good the casting is, he embodied Thread so perfectly and truly brought home the barbaric nature of The Capitol.





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  1. I do hope you can do a Part 3 as the film is SO full of amazing moments.
    One that neither you nor the commenters have mentioned yet but which hit me hard was the look on Peeta’s face when Katniss is putting on her boots after Peeta offers to sit with the injured Gale. I was waiting for the sad look at the start of the scene, which is what Katniss wakes up to in the book, but instead it’s at the end of the scene in the film, and wow! It just speaks volumes, and sets up the Gale/Peeta conversation near the end of Mockingjay, where Peeta clearly thinks that from here onwards, Katniss has chosen Gale. Heartbreaking!

    • I agree with you. Watching that scene just made me feel so bad for Peeta…….

    • I thought exactly the same thing watching that scene that it was completely setting up the conversation between Peeta and Gale in Mockingjay when he sits down with him! Glad I wasn’t the only. One who thought that.

    • OMG yes!! I didn’t remeber! That look was so incredibly heartbreaking! Josh nailed it in this scene.

      • Oh God, you guys are killing me with all this. There’s so much of this that I just cannot remember or flat-out missed on first viewing and I WANNA SEE IT AGAIN SO BAD. Ugh.

    • YESS SAME!!! Everything between Katniss and Peeta seemed ripped right from the books and seemed subtle but not too mushy

    • I loved that scene. Also his expression when Katniss suggests they should get married. And the moment when he gives her the pearl. All really tiny moments, but they were perfect.

    • I agree! I was team Peeta from the beginning and it makes me so sad when i see like things on Pinterest or Facebook (definitely not putting any hate out) saying “Peeta will never be the same” or “The scene where Katniss leaves Peeta with Finnick and Beetee is the last time we see him unhijacked”. It makes me wanna cry and I have to remind myself ‘relax, he falls in love with her all over again and even remembers things about her instead of himself so it all ends happily ever after’ hahaha.

  2. I definitely cried or screamed at all of the parts mentioned. Each moment was so perfect and heart wrenching. I don’t think you guys have mentioned Peeta running into the force field which is one of my favorite scenes. I don’t even know how to describe what I felt, but it was a scene that just was perfect.

    • I thought they did this really well. I wasn’t sure how bad the accident would look and I didn’t want a repeat of Peeta being incapacitated for seemingly no reason and looking like a wimp. But even though I knew it was coming, it still surprised me. He didn’t just get knocked back a bit, he was blown several feet into the air. It easily looked severe enough to kill him, which made Katniss’ freakout seem very reasonable. Loved the emotion between the two of them when he revived – both his “be careful” comment and the look of desperate relief on his face as they embraced. Josh’s expression gave me a very nice sense that he wasn’t panicked about how close he came to death, but rather at the thought of being permanently separated from Katniss.

    • Jennifer did an amazing job with this scene. It could very easily have been awkward or cheesy, but it was done exactly right.

  3. Kimberley Drummond – so that’s her name, THANK YOU!

    That woman did an amazing job, she made me ache for Rue.
    I didn’t really feel that bad when that happened on the first movie as I was expecting it, but here: the look in her eyes… it killed me. It was so raw, so real; like watching the news.

    You guys nailed it describing the scenes, I think everyone that’s a fan of the books would agree with every word written in here.

    • Yeah, Jen and Kimberly just broke me with this scene. I absolutely believed there was no Jen, that Katniss had taken fleshly form and was grieving the loss of her dear young friend, and Kimberly’s heartbroken nodding at Katniss’ words was so…accurate. It tore her up to hear them but she’s so thankful someone remembers.

      Might need to skip that scene on rewatch.

  4. As always, I agree with everything you all said here. All these scenes were fantastic, and the main thing I keep thinking lately is how many details and things were put in he the movie that set up and foreshadowed things for Mockingjay. Peeta saying “always”, the colors conversation, their looks at each other parting at the end knowing we will never see this Peeta again. Even Finnick watching Katniss losing it over Peeta being hit by the fierce field. All of it was perfectly done to lead up to the feelings and events of the next movie. So many good scenes here done so well. I am reminded too how amazing the acting was. I hope you do a part 3!

    • And don’t forget how Peeta screams “It’s not real!” to Katniss during the Mockingjay scene. Brilliant forshadowing.

      • Yes! Absolutely! That killed me him saying that knowing what is coming in Mockingjay. So many deatils and brilliant foreshadowing done in the movie. I am sure there are a ton more. The “It’s not real” is definitely one of the biggest ones.

  5. The one thing that I can definitely say I’m enjoying more in the movies than in the books is the character development of Gale. I felt like in the books, Gale’s sudden shift was very forced and out of character compared to the first two books (I’ll spare you all the details, but I literally have an hour speech prepared for anyone who challenges this – the analysis is just too strong: Mockingjay Gale isn’t realistic whatsoever compared to the character Suzanne created earlier), but the movies have done a pretty good job of integrating that change earlier on. Catching Fire (the movie) focused a lot on Gale’s anger, slipping in subtle changes that are making his shift seem more natural. For example, his first reaction in the movies when Katniss proposes they run away is to decline because Peeta would be going as well. He doesn’t mention the rebellion until well AFTER he’s made that point clear. Another thing is the last scene reviewed here: Gale’s whipping. I particularly enjoyed this change. In the books, Gale gets whipped because he accidentally brought a turkey to Thread’s house, expecting the old peace keeper to answer the door. In the movies, however, he is whipped for attacking a peace-keeper to protect greasy-sea. This shows his more violent, rebellious side, something that in the books we never really saw. I liked the way the movies decided to handle this, and I look forward to what they will do with him in mockingjay.

    • i agree that i loved the change they made on the whipping scene, as far as gale’s “crimes” go– it made him getting caught more of a significant moment than an “oops” moment, as it usually came across in the books for me. i personally saw it as a sign of his protectiveness and his disgust of people taking advantage of the weak, rather than his more violent nature (although there was a little of that, of course, he DID knock thread over without thinking about the consequences), but either way i think it says a lot more about gale as a character than the turkey thing did in the book.

      • As far as “violent nature” goes, I guess the word I’m looking for more is “impulsive.” See, I felt that his “protectiveness and his disgust of people taking advantage of the weak” was VERY prevalent in the books: it was his response in mockingjay that seemed disconnected and unrealistic. By attacking Thread, we see a more aggressive and impulsive reaction, something that fits better with the Gale of District 13.

        • oh, yes, i definitely agree that the impulsiveness is a trait we see more of in mockingjay, so i’m glad they had a hint of it in CF.

        • Actually I never thought of Gale as impulsive at all. Katniss, yes. But not Gale. If anything I thought of him as very smart and calculated and always measured in his reactions. Am I forgetting any moments in MJ where Gale was impulsive?

          • (WARNING: spoilers for Mockingjay) So, I’d have to say, probably his most impulsive thing is the whole scheme with the bombing of the capitol children. This one did not seem well planned out whatsoever, (first of all, it backfired) and just seemed very out of character for Gale to all of a sudden decide that attacking children was okay (as Carla pointed out earlier: Gale hates when people take advantage of the weak, in both the books and the movies). The only explanation that marginally makes sense for that, to me anyway, is that this plan of his wasn’t carefully crafted – it was kind of an “in the moment” decision. Of course, this example only fits if you believe the hovercraft responsible was from District 13, which I do.

          • But I don’t think Gale was directly involved in the bombing of children. I know he was ready to pay any cost required by war, but even in the bombing of the Nut for instance, it was not an impulsive plan. Rather it was quite deliberate and something he thought as necessary.

            As far as the children go, his only involvement as far as I could tell was in the designing of the bombs and that act was also not impulsive, but carefully thought out.

          • when i think of gale’s impulsiveness in mockingjay, i always think of the nut. but even then he’s not impulsive in the sense that he doesn’t think about what he’s doing (that’s more “reactionary”), but in the sense that he only considers immediate options that fall under his own inclinations.

            in the nut, for example– and this is subjective, of course; just the feeling i personally get when i read that part– i’m not sure he had really thought of the implications of collapsing the tunnels past “that will get rid of our enemies.” i think he only REALLY thought of the “side-issues” when beetee/boggs/lyme raised objections, and even then, in his anger and resentment, he only gave those objections a second of consideration before summarily dismissing them. if you have an entire room of experts pointing out that there are other options that are more convenient, isn’t that sort of a sign that you should give the plan a bit more thought? so yes, gale indeed had planned out the whole nut strategy, but the plan itself was impulsive, as in spun from emotional impulses rather than rational thought. well, to me at least. if that makes any sense.

            similarly, in the movie when we see him tackle thread, i’m sure in that split second he was well aware that he would get himself in trouble, and he was willing to take that risk. the action itself was not COMPLETELY on impulse. but i don’t think he gave a thought to what would happen to his family if his punishment was death, for example. that’s the kind of impulsiveness i mean, the kind i was glad to see in the movie.

            it’s the kind of thing katniss WOULD think about, and does constantly through the series, in fact. even though at several points in the narrative she seems a lot more impulsive than gale is, hers is more of a “reactionary,” “act then think” impulsiveness. gale’s is more “think, act, then realize all the other possibilities you didn’t think about before” brand of impulsiveness. but of course, that’s just my own interpretation of things.

          • no, gale designed those bombs as a trap for the medical personnel who come to aid in the battlefield (all of whom have been duly trained and fully understand the risks of their profession). he never intended it to be used on children. that was aaaaaall snow.

          • I like Gale and I’ve often thought he gets a lot of crap for being willing to make tough, nasty decisions – which is, after all, what winning a war requires. But one thing I never could quite settle in my mind about him is whether he would’ve kept to that same strategy (bombing the medical personnel) if he’d known it would lead to Prim’s death. I’m not saying what he’d do either way, and I agree he never intended to hurt children, especially Prim. But I can’t help suspecting that he just might have gone ahead with it.

            This is all an abstraction – I know if Gale had advance knowledge Prim would be anywhere near those bombs he’d see to it she was evacuated beforehand. I’m just curious about how far we can reasonably extrapolate what we know about his moral/ethical approach to winning the war. The guys who bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki knew they’d be killing thousands of civilians, including children. They did it anyway. I’m not in a position to judge that kind of thinking; I’m just trying to fathom it.

          • It is interesting that you bring up Hiroshima and Nagasaki, because every time I think of Gale’s rationalizations about war, I can’t help but also think of the parallels with the dropping of the atomic bombs. Or the use of drones, or the use of torture…so many examples that we can think of even today.

            Gale understood the cost of war, but he thought of it as necessary. In CF, when he chose the rebellion over running away with Katniss, it told me that he was willing to make hard sacrifices for “the cause” – even his family or the love of his life. Even his own life if needed (as he declares before the bombing of the Nut). Such thinking can be hard to relate to, but it is not unheard of. I do not think of Gale as violent or impulsive. Yes he had a lot of bottled rage, but he was also generous and caring and gave a lot of himself to his family and to Katniss.

            I also don’t agree that he “changed” in Mockingjay. We see pretty much right from Chapter 1 of the first book his rage at the Capitol and his anger at the people who are “creme de la creme” in the system.

          • i agree that he didn’t just “change”– the resentment was there from the very beginning. i do think we don’t get to see firsthand how far he’s willing to go until mockingjay, however. this may just be because he just isn’t as present in the first two books as he is in mockingjay, of course, and the fact that MJ is an all-out war story, whereas the first two weren’t.

          • Agree 100%, Kulcha. Suzanne Collins has said repeatedly that the Hunger Games series is first and foremost about war — and that includes the horrors that are inevitably a part of waging war.

            Even in the most just war imaginable, the price paid by both sides is terrible, both at the individual and the national level. Gale is an important character, because he is the archetypical rebel soldier. No war can be won without the ‘fire power’ of soldiers like Gale — and strategic mind set that both Gale and Beete provide.

          • i agree that it’s an extrapolation, since we never hear gale mention children when it comes to war strategy, so we can only guess at what his position on that would be. i don’t think it’s far-fetched to imagine that he would draw the line at hurting children, though. his harshest moment was the nut, and that was a workplace, therefore a locale for adults. considering he had three younger siblings whom he’d helped raise and take care of, and the disgust he held for the games (which are nothing but using children as pawns to control/intimidate/subject the adults), i’d say he knew where the line was.

            moreover, in his last conversation with katniss, after prim’s death, the main point of conflict was never gale’s intent. whether or not the bomb was his, the idea that gale would’ve never wanted to hurt prim was never in question. because katniss knew him; even at his worst, such as the nut, she understood him. she didn’t necessarily agree, and she called him out on it if she thought he was in the wrong, but she understood where he was coming from. i personally think if there had been any inkling that he actually approved of (or, at the least, wasn’t completely opposed to) snow’s using children as bait, katniss would know, and she would call him out on his hypocrisy. but there was none of this in that last conversation, so i’d personally go with the idea that she could see that he was genuinely completely opposed to snow and coin’s strategy, and genuinely upset at the way his invention may have been used.

            on the other hand, if you think about it, johanna, who actually voted yes to coin’s capitol games by saying it was “only fair,” doesn’t get nearly as much flack as gale gets for the nut and the bomb that killed prim. sure, johanna might have been faking it– like we all assume katniss did– but we don’t know for sure, and i’ve never seen anyone in the fandom question this, in my experience. as far as we’re all concerned, johanna is “badass” and no amount of willingness to kill children changes people’s perception of her, while gale, who for all intents and purposes seems upset that his creation is used for exactly this, is perceived as a cold-hearted warmonger. i find that very interesting.

          • I had forgotten that detail about Johanna’s vote. That’s going to be an amazing moment to watch for. Now that you remind me of that side of Johanna’s character, Jena’s portrayal seems even more perfect — that streak of ruthless, reckless fury! I agree that she deserves just as much censure as Gale, but truthfully, both Gale and Johanna are showing very typical emotions that overtake people in the heat of battle, and even in the aftermath.

            Scholars of modern European history have long argued that Hitler would never have risen to power in Germany were it not for the terrible price exacted by the victors of World War I in the Treaty of Versailles.

    • I agree about the cause of the whipping, but I disagree about the ‘running away’ scene. Gale was the same in the book, if not even angrier when Katniss mentioned Peeta.

    • I appreciate your comment because I had not seen this scene as a character development of Gale. I thought the movie took away the harshness of the government. Being whipped for interfering with a peacekeeper is not as repulsive as being whipped for selling a turkey, something he did all the time. This is just my opinion and I still was really moved by the scene. Next time I see it I will think of it differently. I agree there couldn’t be a more terrifying Thread.

  6. To me the most powerful scene was the first stop on the Victory Tour. I’ve seen the movie 5 times and it gets to me every single time. Jennifer was beyond amazing in that scene. I was very excited to see the jabberjay scene, to me it was one of the first times I truly understood how barbaric The Capitol was, to inflict those kinds of emotional scars. As for the separation scene between Katniss and Peeta, I remember having this moment in the theater when I realized it was going to be the last time we’ll see them together in a long time. It absolutely broke me. What an amazing movie adaptation.

  7. Well, I don’t agree that it’s the last time we ever see the real Peeta, although that seems to be a popular opinion.
    Other than that, great article.

    • same here! i think one of the good things about the ending to the series is that we do get the peeta we love back– at least the essence of the character. sure, he’s been irrevocably marked by what happened to him during his capture in the capitol, but he’s still PEETA. (i know that’s an unpopular opinion, given that so many people don’t like the ending of the series).

      still, it doesn’t necessarily take away from the fact that their separation scene hurt for us as the audience, knowing what was going to happen to him and all the pain he’d have to go through.

    • I agree with you. I think Peeta’s eventual triumph over the brainwashing/torture was the single greatest character victory in the entire trilogy. Of course he’d have flashbacks – anyone would after trauma like that – but his essential goodness, generosity, and moral character remained intact. That’s truly remarkable, considering most people would’ve been irreparably broken by those experiences. He’s the one I look up to the most in the books. While I like Katniss, she reminds me too much of my own humanity. Peeta, on the other hand, represents an aspiration to something greater.

      • +infinity to this comment 🙂

      • That’s such a beautiful comment. I agree with you completely. I get kinda sad when people say that’s the last time we see the ‘real’ Peeta. That’s the same attitude Katniss takes after the hijacking when she the real Peeta died. He didn’t. He was just really broken and I loved that he was able to piece himself back together. I think we see that when he opposed the final Games so vehemently. It would have been so easy for him to say yes and punish the people responsible for his torture by sending their kids to the Games. But he stayed true to himself and his morals which is why he is the dandelion of the spring 🙂

        Btw does anyone know if Peeta is going to have his head shaved in the Capitol? There was a casting notice sent out by casting company which called for a male extra willing to shave his head (matching Josh’s height) and a female extra willing to do the same (matching Jena’s height). Both extras were scheduled to work on the same day. I know Johanna’s head was shaved in the book so maybe they are planning on doing the same for Peeta? In all the recent fan encounters/photos with Josh in the last week his hair was always hidden. Reminds me of the time before the first movie when they tried really hard to hide Josh’s new blond hair. In one of the photos I saw there was no hair sticking out of his beanie unlike previous photos of him wearing the same beanie. I doubt they would shave Josh’s hair but maybe they gave him a buzz cut so it would be easier for him to wear those bald caps? I don’t really know what I feel about this tbh…

        • Katniss is also supposed to have her cut into a short bob (that’s why i thought Jen cut her hair) but she is is wearing a wig so idk. I hope we get set pictures 🙂

    • I in a sense agree with you. I do think the main essence of Peeta returns at the end of the series. But, he is still scarred (physically and mentally) and in a sense the way he loves Katniss does change from the undying love that puts her on a pedestal and forgives all, to a mature love that loves her flaws and all. Even Katniss sees that the hijacking has made Peeta truly see the bad and good in her and still co me out loving. Which makes theire love story. even more awesome in my opinion.
      i also agree that people reacting to the separation is more about knowing what will haooen that first moment we see him next, which is a completely different personality.

    • I agree too – for me the line “see you at midnight” is shattering because of knowing what is ahead and the hardships in store. I was so happy at the ending of Mockingjay when they had finally found their way back to each other and indeed, to themselves.

  8. Something with the reaping scene that you guys didn’t mention is that at one point, there’s a camera view head on the stage. And on the stage you see Peeta standing tall, strong, brave, determined, angry… and you look at Katniss and she’s just slumped over in defeat. This scene was absolute genius and I still think that we need to all hail to Francis Lawrence as a god.

  9. The Monkeys in the movie looked WAY better than the stupid looking ones I pictured in my head! I was hiding with my friend behind her jacket, and it was a lot more violent than i remembered. I was so happy they kept the morphling scene, it is one of my favorites in the series just because it showed compassion between strangers even in this battle to the Death. Also the way Francis shot ti with the silhouettes against the sky..PERFECTION

    • I loved this scene too though the movie made it more terrifying and realistic. This scene was also brought to mind last night on discovery’s naked & afraid. Two time last night I thought of CF. There were howler monkeys up in the trees outside their shelter, that kept them awake and afraid because of their aggressive behavior. Then there was the scene of the 4 of them sitting on the beach though they were naked, I couldn’t help but seeing Katniss, Peeta , Finnick, and Johanna! Anyone else see Catching Fire everywhere? 🙂

  10. I’m surprised you guys didn’t put the scene where Peeta “comes back to life”. For me, it was the first time that I was really pleased with Katniss / Peeta relationship. The cheesy music in the train had ruined the “friend scene” for me and I was disappointed that the roof scene didn’t make it so this scene in the arena just killed me. The way Katniss reacts, the way Finnick looks at her, the way she is shaking and crying and just loosing it was beautiful and for me it was the first time that you could see that something had changed in Katniss’s mind towards Peeta. It looked more than friendship and I even had a friend, who hadn’t read the book, asking me “She loves him right?” after seeing that scene! I was so happy that even a person who hadn’t read the book could see that Katniss was falling in love for Peeta (even if she doesn’t realizes it yet…)

    *english is not my first langage, sorry if I made any mistakes*

    • I agree with you about the forcefield scene being a really important piece in the Katniss/Peeta relationship. I did like the colors scene (cheesy music and all), just because the actors still played the moment so well.
      What I love about the forcefield scene and Peeta almost dying is that when we go to President Snow right after that, you realize that Katniss has finally “convinced him.” I think it is that moment where he knows later on that the torture of Peeta will break her because he saw that she truly does love him. That’s why I loved it so much is because that one scene foreshadowed so many things to come in Mockingjay.

  11. i thought that peeta almost dying because of the forcefield was up there as one of the best scenes. its where everybody realizes that katniss cares about peeta so much that she basically loves him, however i don’t think that that actually happens until the beach scene.

  12. When Effie read Haymitch’s name I thought it was out of relief because she thought Peeta wouldn’t have to compete, but then was surprised that he volunteered. I think it is interesting that you thought she knew Peeta would volunteer and it makes me wonder what Effie and Elizabeth Banks were actually thinking.

  13. Tash, you were right — I’m loving Part 2 of Favorite Scenes, even though I’m late to the discussion! Ciara, I totally agree with you that District 11 is probably the most emotionally powerful scene in the movie, though there are so many very close runners up. Those little changes in the the dialog were beautiful; I really started crying when Katniss said, “She was too gentle.”

    I thought the final scene at the tree, and the monkey mutts scene were actually better in the movie than in the book. The tree scene always sort of confused me and I was able to get the sense of utter chaos much better in the film, but also a better picture of what was happening. The monkey mutts were much, much scarier on film; I jumped when the mutt went for Peeta and the underwater shots were terrifying.

    Natalie, you are so right about Gale in the whipping scene — that was one of those changes from the book that totally worked. We see Gale’s anger and willingness to fight beautifully portrayed — I don’t think a dead turkey would have had anywhere near the same impact.

    Thank you Mockingjay staffers, all. It’s such fun reliving this movie with you!

  14. My favourite scene was when katniss had a bad dream and she asked Peeta to stay. He said “Always”. I just love that!

  15. i loved the movie…team peeta all the way

  16. My most emotional scenes were DEFINITELY the jabberjay scene because you can tell that Josh and Jennifer would do the same thing if it were hapening to them- it just feel so heart-wrenching and real. Also the whole ending once Katniss is taken in by the hovercraft. From listening to Haymitch talking about how she’ll “lose it when she finds out about the boy” , the intensity in her outburst at Haymitch for not keeping his word, and the scene with her and Gale where he explains what happened in 12 and that is no more 12.

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