Man did I love Catching Fire. I loved it even more than the first one, which though I loved disappointed on a few levels. But mostly because the second book is my favorite of the series. I felt like the film totally did it justice (I wish they had kept the final night rooftop scene in. Or mentioned the baby even once in the arena. Or the kids had seen Haymitch’s game video. Also, why you no cheese buns, Peeta? Cheese buns are life!)
But my favorite thing about it was how similar they kept so many of the production and design elements. The Harry Potter films proved that even though you can keep the same cast for a full run of the series, each film can still feel like it takes place in a totally different universe. Catching Fire didn’t feel that way in the slightest! Cinna’s clothes felt like they were still designed by the same person, District 12 still looked like District 12 (even though they moved it from North Carolina to Georgia!) the tracker they injected in Katniss’ arm was identical, and Caesar got to keep his TV theme.