For the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire brings viewers up to speed with Katniss Everdeen’s live since winning the 74th annual Hunger Games with fellow Tribute, Peeta Mellark.
Littler has changed for Katniss, as she is still fighting to keep herself and her loved ones alive when President Snow warns her that she must not only convince the fellow Districts that her actions that resulted in the Star Crossed Lovers from District 12 winning the games. But, she also must convince President Snow that she is so in love with Peeta that she couldn’t imagine living without him.
Katniss ultimately fails in convincing Snow, and is mainly blamed for the in the 75th annual Hunger Games. The third annual Quarter Quell has previous victors in the game being reaped and put back into the arena none of them had wanted to go back into.
Even though she fights what everyone is forcing onto her, Katniss is seen as a sign of rebellion to the Districts. The fellow Tributes, half to be exact, sign on to keep Katniss alive in the arena. Most sacrificing themselves to make sure Katniss leaves the arena alive, even though Katniss focuses on trying to keep Peeta alive.
Out of all of the movies that I’ve seen that were based on books: Catching Fire has got to be among my top 10. They left very little out from the second book, which may have resulted in it being almost 2 and a half hours long. But, they stayed true to the story. Very minimal information was left out, and unfortunately some of them were my favourite parts!
The only part of the movie that overly bothered me was the relationships that Katniss had with Gale and Peeta, mostly because I felt they were different in the book. Gale and Katniss acted more like a couple than Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games trilogy that the movie is based on) had written them to be, and kissed too much.
The painful parts in the books were presented just as they were in the book, being just as painful, agonizing, heart felt, and humourous when the time called for them to be.
Amazing performances from Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Ian Hemsworth (Gale), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Elizabeth Banks (Effie), and Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) for returning actors and actresses. The new faces were also amazing, portraying Finnick (Sam Clafin), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Mags (Lynn Cohen), Johanna (Jena Malone), and Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
This movie has left me eagerly awaiting the final installment in the series, and restored some of my faith in Hollywood for being able to create an amazing book into an even better than expected movie.