2013

Director: Francis Lawrence

Genre: Action Drama Thriller

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Willow Shields, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman

I walked into the theatre trembling with excitement. I didn’t know what to expect of this movie that was long waited for. Friends that have watched it filled me with high expectations….

Catching Fire exceeded all my expectations. With my low remarks on its prequel, the Hunger Games, the dangerous atmosphere in the beginning and the smooth conversation between Katniss and President Snow surprised me and put me in a good mood for the rest of the film.

The 74th Hunger Games have finally concluded with the victory of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), but the odds are never in her favor. As the only living female victor of District twelve, she has to face the merciless and deadly-beyond-imagination 3rd Quarter Quell. In Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen fights for Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) survival and struggles to realize who “the real enemy” is…….

The movie was plotted closely to the book Catching Fire written by Suzanne Collins. In fact, quite a lot of lines came directly from the book. The conversation between Katniss and President Snow was finely portrayed and presents Snow as a tricky character for Katniss to deal with. The interviews with the victors were very touching as well. Plutarch Heavensbee’s hints to Katniss created dramatic irony and foreshadows for the coming events. The arena was creative and realistic, and the clock design of the arena satisfied my imaginations. The actors were all extremely well chosen, with Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, and Jena Malone as Johanna Mason. I especially enjoyed Jena Malone’s rold as Johanna, as her performance brought across every aspect of her character. When the movie came to an end after an exhilarating two and a half hours, I was still in shock and suspended in the moment. My friends complained and begged for a continuation immediately. We sat still in our seats until the ending songs have finished playing. The movie is a definite 5/5!