I have this weird, hipster-like tendency to not read or watch anything that’s rampantly popular until the frenzy has died down. I couldn’t help myself with The Hunger Games though; all of that teen angst and glorious fighting was hard to resist.
Catching Fire is the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy, a science fiction, post-apocalyptic series written by Suzanne Collins. Written as a sequel, it continues the tale of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) after their unorthodox victory in the 74th annual Hunger Games. Since the duo’s daring act of defiance, an uprising is in the works throughout the 12 districts.
For the 75th Hunger Games, or “Quarter Quell,” the Capitol introduces some kind of spicy twist to revamp the games. Considering the growing rebellion and Katniss’s role in it, the surprise element is revealed as 24 victors from previous years re-entering to compete. Will Katniss and Peeta be lucky enough to survive the games again? Dun dun duuuuunnn!
The movies to-date generally remain true to the books, which is amazing. I never understood why parts of famous novels were changed for film adaptation if they were easily transferable to screen and well-liked to begin with. Don’t even get me started on the City of Bones movie.
I found Catching Fire to focus too much time on recapping the events from book one, making the first portion of the film repetitive. It’s as if the producers wanted the second movie to be able to stand alone, which was completely unnecessary given that the entire world’s population has seen it and/or read the book.
Catching Fire features some stellar actors, including Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks and brother of Thor – Liam Hemsworth. Also JLaw is amazing.
Catching Fire was the highest-grossing film at the box office in 2013. That means it can’t be bad, right?
The third book is following the annoying new Hollywood trend of being split into two installments, so the first half of Mockingjay will premiere on November 21, 2014. Yipee!
8/10 – makes me want to run around with a bow and arrow yelling “I volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!”