Let the Grumbling Games begin! Er… actually, maybe not.
While The Hunger Games: Catching Fire clocks in at an expansive 146 minutes, it necessarily can’t include every beat from Suzanne Collins’s 400-page novel. And because the sequel, like The Hunger Games movie — and unlike Collins’s series – isn’t limited to showing only Katniss’s perspective, the film also contains several scenes that have no basis in Collins’s narrative.
But here’s the thing — most of the adaptive choices made by director Francis Lawrence and screenwriters Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt are totally defensible, clearly meant to keep the story moving at a quicker pace and expand the world of Panem beyond Katniss’s immediate vicinity. In fact, I’d be hard-pressed to name a change that should anger fans — or even really one that feels unnecessary. (Though fine, Finnick’s less revealing Opening Ceremony outfit does seem like a missed opportunity. Have you seen Sam Claflin?)
Agree? Disagree? Let’s go over some of the most notable ways the movie diverges from the book, then discuss. (And you know there will be spoilers here, right?)