[Movie Reviews] Thor: The Dark World & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

November 25, 2013 Review 38

Sequels. Sequels everywhere.

Movie reviews on Readers in Wonderland, Alise? Really? Yes, really! I was in absolute love with Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire so why not share why with all of you? Plus, Catching Fire is a book to movie adaption so that’s my excuse. Other than that, no real reason.

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Thor: The Dark World (Sequel to Thor)
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 112 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Release Date: November 8th, 2013

Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.







ReviewAnyone who knows me from real life or is a good blogging friend of mine will know I love Loki. Pretty sure that was where my obsession with villains and Tom Hiddleston started. Anyway, I had super high expectations for this movie and they were met well for the most part.

Let’s get one thing out of the way real fast, I’m pretty sure I had a mini-stroke with all the twists involved in this one. If you have already seen the movie, you probably know exactly what I mean. Thor 2 was anything but predictable. It also had a perfect mixture of romance:




and humor:


There was also some major character development in this novel, which reminds me of Sif. Although a small romance was hinted at between her and Thor in the first movie, it is openly acknowledged in this one, especially since Odin is very Team Sif. Can’t blame him, she is a complete goddess.


If you saw Thor and thought “Hey, for some reason I feel like Jane should slap more people.” then look no further because Jane has no qualm about slapping either brother in The Dark World.



I think my only real issue with this movie was that there was not enough Loki in it. I was expecting a tag team duo to defeat Malekith and some brother bonding but due to some unforeseen circumstances, Loki was relatively absent. Don’t get me wrong, he had some fantastic parts. I really liked how more focus went toward Loki’s magic.


Whether you are a fan of Thor…


or Loki…

You’ll be a fan of this movie.


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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 146 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
Release Date: November 22d, 2013

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.









ReviewUnlike Thor, which I saw a week ago, I literally just got back from seeing Catching Fire. It was… FANTASTIC. Now, it has been awhile since I’ve read the books so I can’t exactly say what parts were left out of the movie or not. All I know is that this movie is made of awesome. Near perfection.

If you are a fan of the love triangle, you will be loving this installment of The Hunger Games. There are moments with both boys that had me sighing (and sometimes teary-eyed) The dynamics between these three are strengthened so much in this book, you can see how much they both care about Katniss. Peeta would do anything for her, including give up his life if it ever came to that.

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Speaking of getting teary-eyed, I dare you get through this movie without feeling sympathy for one or more of these characters. This one is ten times as emotional as the first movie was, and I was gasping and clutching at my popcorn many, many times. So hard not to cry! (I have this rule about NEVER crying in a movie theatre) But, I came close. A lot.


The Uprising has started, and if you read the books you know where that is going to lead. Still, it’s so hard actually seeing the emotional journey rather than just reading it because I am a visual person. The acting was superb, because you could feel each and every character’s pain and loss as well as seeing it.


Katniss was an absolute badass in this movie, Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect actress for the part, and she has become Katniss so I can not picture the character any other way. And how about those visual effects? I know they had a bigger budget with this movie but wow, what a difference from the first installment.

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It’s funny because I actually wasn’t all that excited to run out and see this movie, especially not in opening weekend. I am so glad I did because it was definitely worth getting up early and actually becoming visually acceptable to go out in public to see it. Seriously great movie.

Not one to miss.


38 Responses to “[Movie Reviews] Thor: The Dark World & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

  1. Bec

    I STILL HAVEN”T SEEN EITHER OF THESE HDKJSHJDKHHDKJSH But all this is basically what everyone has been saying and I can’t wait to go see them (Catching Fire I am definitely seeing, not sure if I will get to Thor 2 before it leaves cinemas though). So jealous of you right now

    • Alise

      I am superior.

      They were both really, really good. I feel like you will love the twist in Thor 2 and will come back gushing to me about Catching Fire.

  2. Alicia

    A few minutes ago, my friend just texted to confirm that we’ll be going to watching Catching Fire tomorrow, and then next moment, I read your review and I was all YES OMG THIS WILL BE AWESOME AHHH I CAN FEEL IT IN THE AIR IT’S THERE IT’S GOING TO BE THE BEST MOVIE 2013. DAMN IT. The trailers were very well cut, the actors always amazing, I honestly can see no way for Catching Fire to flop =)

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  3. Oana

    I’ve only seen Thor, and tomorrow I’m going to Catching Fire. Yay! :D I’ve been waiting since it came out to find a free evening to go to this movie.
    I’m also in love with Loki, but who isn’t? Sometimes I find Thor such a plain character compared to Loki. I mean, Loki said the funniest things in this movie, and he’s just SO adorable even though he can be quite mean sometimes. He definitely needs more screen time. Actually, he needs a movie (even better – a trilogy) just for him. :D
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    • Alise

      Ooh, I hope you love it!
      My mother actually hates Loki xD Right? The lines in this movie were tailored perfectly for Tom Hiddleston-love it :) Aha, I would love to see that as well!

  4. ShootingStarsMag

    Yay, I’m glad you loved both of these too. I think Loki is fantastic, and I do wish he was in it a bit more…his character is just fascinating. All the twists were great!

    And Catching Fire is one I would definitely see again in theaters. Loved it!
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  5. Sunny

    You did an AMAZING jobs with these movie reviews! I saw both of them and felt like I was enjoying them all over again by reading this. Thor 2 was a bit bizarre for me actually, but overall, I liked it. Catching Fire…OH MY LANTA, so good. I just reread it and they added a lot more quotes than they did in the first movie. It paid off that they got a new director, I think.

    Those gifs? Made me sighing all over the place.
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  6. Angie

    First off .. you found some great gifs. Second.. I loved Catching Fire. Thor.. not so much. I don’t know why. I mean, when Loki was on screen it was great. But the rest…eh. I thought they tried way too hard with the humor this time and it only kept falling flat. Especially when the assistant girl was on screen GOOD NIGHT! Anywho… I love seeing Thor on the big screen though!
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    • Alise

      Thanks! I can kind of agree, there were some semi-boring parts. Wish Loki had been in there more. I really dislike the assistant as an actress in general so yeah, I know what you mean.

  7. Tanja

    Girl I saw Catching Fire yesterday and boy it was soooooo amazing. That scene with the dress was abso-fucking-lutely amazing. Even better than in the book if you ask me. I want Mockingjay like right now!! I still haven’t seen the first Thor movie and I want to. I mean Tom is super sweet and it’s hard not to have a crush on him. Great reviews! :)
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  8. Jennifer @ Donnie Darko Girl

    OMG Catching Fire was spectacular! I can’t stop thinking about it. It was my fave book of the trilogy. I read above it wasn’t for you, and I was wondering why? Mockingjay was my least favorite. :/ I loved it when Katniss made the Seneca Crane hanging dummy and then took her snarky bow. One of my fave moments. :) I’m such a baby – I cried through 1/3 of the movie!

    Did you guys know they’re splitting up Mockingjay into two movies? The first comes out next year and the second comes out the year after. I’m pretty surprised!
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    • Alise

      I think it was because it wasn’t that memorable for me, I think I read it way too fast. My eyes were watery most of the time too! Aha, yeah!

      Yeah, I heard that. It is surprising but hey-more movies! :)

  9. Chantelle

    I saw both of these this week and they were freaking fantastic!!!! Thor was so much better than I expected since I didn’t enjoy the first one, and I agree, there needed to be more Loki!!! Tom Hiddleston was flipping awesome. And Catching Fire… HOW DID YOU NOT CRY! I cried twice D: during the eulogy to Rue and when Katniss heard that she was going to the hunger games again. But so glad you liked it as well, did you see it in IMAX?
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    • Alise

      I KNOW. Love Tom Hiddleston. I almost cried a few times, definitely during the eulogy part and the part where they beat Cinna in front of her :c So emotional. No, I didn’t! Did you?

  10. Cait

    Oh my goshhhhhh! Catching Fire was everything and MORE then I’d hoped for. It was just…wow. My jaw fell off sometimes after two minutes in. ;) I loved all the Gifs! I haven’t seen Thor yet…gaaah, I had to choose one, and Catching Fire wins all the way. But Darcy! I love Darcy! Fantastic post. :)

    • Alise

      SAME. My expectations for Catching Fire were met and then some, I was so impressed. Thanks! I loved Thor because LOKI :D

  11. Wattle

    Ah Thor. I so loved that movie :) Loki is totally my favourite haha although Zachary Levi with blonde hair is forever burned into my brain. I still can’t get past it. HIS HAIR. And that accent. It was weeeeeird (but fun…)

    I have no interest in seeing Catching Fire while it’s in cinemas :/ usually I’m all ‘YAY! A movie based on a book, let’s go see it!’ but eeeh. I’d rather wait for dvd (and see Thor ten more times tbh). It feels weird, not caring, because I did look forward to the first one (and didn’t hate it…)
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    • Alise

      YES. I also thought he looked pretty good xD It was indeed a little weird, but enjoyable!

      I usually wait for movies to come out too but I was very surprised with Catching Fire, it was a large improvement over the first one. (Who doesn’t want to see Thor 10000 more times!) :)

    • Alise

      It could be! It’s still showing over here.

      I saw it around then, too! So packed. I enjoyed it more than the first as well!

  12. Andreea

    Wish I could go see Catching Fire but can’t with these two little kids of mine…But will definitely order the DVD. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last 4 years. Ever since I became a mom…No time for the cinema since we don’t have any help with the kids…

    Anyway, can’t wait to see Catching Fire. I loved The Hunger Games movie, but I love the book more.

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  13. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    Ahhhh, there is another Loki fan here! I saw it last week and I absolutely loved it. Like you said, not enough Loki time and one of the twists shocked me for a moment! I love how Jane slapped them, haha. Gave her some more spice. Catching fire.. I always start to ramble, so let me just say that I adored it and they couldn’t have made it any better.
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    • Alise

      Of course! I love me some Loki ;) Yeah, it did. It made her seem stronger. Aha, no worries, I would do the same. It was a perfect movie.

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