Catching fire review
“The film begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.”
The second instalment of the Hunger Games series is a definite improvement on the previous film, which is impossible to believe seeing the already well adapted amazing first movie. This is darker yet much more exciting than the Hunger Games an adaptation of the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins.
Francis Lawrence who took over directing the film franchise from Gary Ross, made many changes between the two films, one of the main filming differences is that he decided to use IMAX mostly for the scenes with the most action when Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and the other victors are in the Arena, this makes the whole experience of watching the film more realistic.
The beginning of the movie had an exciting start and gave us more of an incite to Katniss and Gales relationship (Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth) who previously had not much of a major role in the first film. The beginning also showed off the completely new and original scenes which were not in the book which was a nice surprising for fans of the books.
This movie had a mixture of emotional moving scenes and many humours scenes (usually involving new comer to the cast Jena Malone who plays Johanna Mason a previous victor who gets picked to take part in the quarter quell)
All actors and actresses represented the characters perfectly and all new comers fit into the world perfectly, although wary of many for example Finnick Odair a fan favourite, when first announced that Sam Claflin had got the part many were disappointed and did not set there hopes to high for him, however after seeing his acting and appearance in the film, he looked and sounded the exact Finnick in the books and showed off his funny charisma perfectly. However the most impressive performance by far was that of Josh Hutcherson who played one of the love interests in the film Peeta Mellark, he delivers a role of emotional intelligence and subtle understanding that I hadn’t believed him capable of and I had underestimated his acting skill.
The film had an exciting beginning, middle and end filled with beautiful scenery from New Jersey to Hawaii, with incredible acting all the way through. Now one of the best book to movie adaptations ever made.