Catching Fire the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins has now been made into a major motion picture. Following the success of The Hunger Games, everyone was expecting this film to live up to the hype. Did it?
Yes, it did. Director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Water For Elephants) did a phenomenal job bringing the book to life and according to the film review website ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ the fans agree as it got 93% on the audience review, however the top critics gave it a slightly lower score at 91%. Overall a good run as well as topping the US box office.
The audience sees main protagonist, Katniss Everdeen recovering from post-traumatic stress following winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with her fellow competitor Peeta Mellark. Panem is now under threat from an uprising and President Snow must come up with a solution to fix this, this results in the Quarter Quell.
The Quarter Quell involves selecting the previous victors from all 12 districts to compete in essentially another Hunger Games.
This film was very good and very accurate to the book. The introductions of the new characters were done well and two new actors to the trilogy who really stood out were Sam Claflin and Jena Malone who play Finnick Odair and Johanna Mason. They portrayed the characters nicely and they were exactly how I imagined them.
The return of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark saw them develop their characters and deliver an outstanding performance.
Overall I would give The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 4/5 stars purely because they missed out some parts of the book but that is understandable because the film’s duration is 2 hours 30 minutes without them.