For those who haven’t read or started watching the trilogy, you are missing out. And for those who’ve been dying to watch it, SPOILER ALERT! It’s gotta be the best movie of the year. Yes, Catching Fire seems like more of a preteen movie, and I think it’s more or less coming off as the next Twilight series fan craze. But if it is, I’m definitely going to be one of those fans lining up for the next movie.
Catching Fire starts out as Katniss Everdeen returning home after she and her partner, Peeta, won the 74th annual Hunger Games, defying the capital and President Snow. Unfortunately, winning means that they must pick up and leave their loved ones to go on a victory tour of all twelve districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that some sort of rebellion or uprising is happening and that its being kept a secret, but President Snow, president of Panam, is keeping her under a watchful eye. Being the manipulative man that he is, he sends all the victors from the previous 74 years to be chosen to participate in the 75th games, knowing that Katniss, the face of the rebellion, would be chosen and would most likely be killed off during the games. But much to his dismay, Katniss and her allies devise a plan to electrocute the other players, and end up exploding the arena’s force field with a shock of lightning. Upon waking in the Panam hover craft, Katniss discovers that half the tributes in the arena were there to protect her and keep her alive, because her senses were right: a rebellion had begun and she was their “mockingjay”. The movie ends with Katniss’ face writhing with anger after she finds out that her district had been destroyed, and she was now residing in the once thought to be vanished district 13.
Its SO hard to not just say that this film is just absolutely perfect and fantastic in every single way. It’s the only film that I can think of that captures the novel absolutely perfectly, and that comes out 10x better than the first installment. First off, director Francis Lawrence did an amazing job at directing, because he captured ever little detail that the novel had, right down to the tension and intensity when the tributes are standing on their platforms right before they jump into the sea to race for their weapons. The budget was nearly twice that of the first installment, The Hunger Games and it truly shows in the out-of-this-world costumes like Effie’s gold hair to match her gold.. well, everything. The colourful array of makeup jobs, such as the lace eyelashes and rhinestone designs on her neck to match her so-called wedding dress, array of make up jobs, and especially the extra cast members. The A-list cast did an excellent job at showing the insensity, anger, and secretive ways that the novel showed. The plot line was definitely more intense and kept you sitting on the edge of your seat, and the cliff hanger ending closely resebles that of the final scene of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1, leaving you with only an image of Katniss’ face as she plots her revenge. The movie just makes you want to keep coming back for more and more, and if the third installment is just as good as the first and second, those line ups will be right out on the street. Katniss is only one girl, but her determination and rebellion is an anecdote in a world full of male super heroes out there. It’s so much nicer to see a girl hero among everything else out there.