Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Review

I was blown away by film adaptation of The Hunger Games when it hit theaters in 2012, so needless to say I was very much looking forward to the follow-up film. After finally seeing Catching Fire, I can now say that I left the theater with the same feeling I had after seeing the first film.

The movie opens with our victors from District 12, Katniss and Peeta, struggling to cope with life after winning the games. With uprising brewing in the districts, they must join forces to convince the twelve districts, the Capitol and most of all, President Snow, that they are simply the love-struck couple that everyone thinks they are and that they have no intention of further defying the rules set by the Capitol. Unfortunately this act is not enough to appease President Snow, who continues to see Katniss as a threat to his system and a symbol of the growing rebellion. After a new twist to the games in honor of the 75th anniversary is announced, Katniss is thrown back into the arena with a group of deadly past victors. With the stakes higher than ever, Katniss must fight to survive by making new alliances and doing whatever it takes to keep herself and Peeta safe.

Fresh off her Oscar win, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss as masterfully as she did in the first film. At times an emotionally damaged teenager dealing with the post-traumatic stress of surviving the games, to a cunning and fierce warrior who will do whatever it takes to keep the people she loves safe, the audience can’t help but share the fear, anxiety, horror and sorrow that plague Katniss throughout the length of the film. Jennifer Lawrence is a force to be reckoned with in the film industry just as much as Katniss is a symbol of hope and rebellion in the film.

The rest of the cast are back for the second film, with Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks all reprising their roles under new direction by Francis Lawrence, who took over the franchise from Gary Ross. New additions to the cast are Philip Seymour Hoffman as head Gamemaker and Sam Claflin as heartthrob victor Finnick Odair, who is very swoonworthy in this role. The love triangle established in the first film is back and more prevalent than ever, with both Peeta and Gale vying for Katniss’s heart. The individual performances from each member of the cast are as strong as ever, which help to add more depth to a world under siege that will be further explored in the next two films.

What did you think of Catching Fire? Did you like it better than The Hunger Games? How much are you looking forward to Mockingjay Part 1 and 2? Sound off in the comments below!

-Teresa F

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