The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

It’s fair to say I’m a huge fan of The Hunger Games franchise and it’s star Jennifer Lawrence, therefore my expectations were through the roof. But now I’ve seen it have I been brought crashing down to Earth?

A year on from the Hunger Games, and it’s winner Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) is struggling with the memories of the killings during the games and the complicated love triangle she has with fellow hunter Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and her joint winner of the games Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). All this is pushed to the side once President Snow (Donald Sutherland) decided to get rid of Katniss -and any potential threats of uprising- by announcing the next Hunger Games will throw previous Victors back into the game.

There’s no point pretending otherwise. I LOVED THIS FILM!

I was worried that previous director Gary Ross’ departure would leave the franchise in trouble, however Francis Lawrence has shown a great understanding of the characters and the wider world of the hunger games. I enjoyed seeing the meetings of Snow and his collaborators behind the hunger games and revealing their motivations behind certain events. Its a nice development from the book which was limited in showing the wider world of Panem due to its first person narration. The games are just as brutal as ever with poisonious fogs and rain of blood, while Katniss is again left wondering who she can trust and just who the real enemy really is. 

The whole thing is brilliantly cast. It is hard to pick stand outs from the supporting actors otherwise I’d might as well list the entire cast but particular mention has to go to Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, one of my favourite characters from the book –he fights against the regime using fashion!-and Kravitz plays him brilliantly. His relationship with Katniss is a joy to watch and really pulls at the heart strings. I had initial reservations about the castings of Sam Clafin and Jena Malone as previous victors Finnick and Johanna  but now I’ve seen them in the roles they perfectly encapture their characters from the books and are welcome new additions to the film.

Above all this though there is one star of this film and that is Jennifer Lawrence. She manages to make a character who may otherwise come across as sullen and moody become likeable, strong and inspiring. Its not surprising that Katniss Everdeen has become something of an iconic character, and the main part of this is Lawrence’s portrayal of her. She can go from emotional and devastated, to enraged and rebellious in an instant.

The only downside for me is that I would have liked to have seen Haymarch’s (the excellent Woody Harrelson) backstory in the film. His experience in his Game was an important part of the book and made Peeta and Katniss understand why their mentor has turned out the way he has. That aside this was a tremendous experience to watch.

Rating 5/5-Leaving us on one hell of a cliffhanger I can’t wait for the next installment

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13 responses to “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  1. Yay! I loved this one too. Might go again this weekend.

    • Thanks, glad you liked the film too. I think its my favourite film of the year, definately one I could see again and again. Hope you enjoy it as much the second time!

  2. Nice review Lauren. Didn’t seem to love this like everybody else, however, I am amped-up and excited for what’s next to come. And I haven’t even read the books either, so you can already tell that I’m going in totally and completely blind.

  3. Great review and glad you liked it. I saw it the other day and thought it was great, better than the first. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes next!

    • The second book was my least favourite out of the three so considering how good the Catching Fire film was I can’t wait to see how they do the third book. I think spliting it into two films is a good move then they can really focus on all the themes from all the books and won’t rush any of the big, emotional moments.

  4. Good Review 😀

    It was a great film, really liked it a lot. Thought it was a fantastic improvement over the first, and I cannot wait for the next one, especially after that ending 😀

    • Thanks, I really enjoyed the first film so I’m glad the second one met my expectations. Glad you liked the film too. It was a great cliffhanger wasn’t it! Cannot wait to see how they pick things up in the next film. 🙂

      • Glad your enjoying the series. I like a good cliff hanger, the excitement of waiting and the eventual disappointment that that brings haha xD

        But will it hold up to the hype?

  5. I freaking LOVED this, I am glad to hear that you were so impressed. It was just bloody awesome. I agree on wishing there was more Haymitch backstory. I really want to go and see this again!

    • Maybe they’ll show Haymitch’s backstory in the next film? We can hope! Otherwise it was an excellent film, glad to hear you liked it just as much as I did.

  6. Cool review yo, you’re totally right this film is awesome. Now I think I may have to watch it a second time to determine how much I actually like Catching Fire, but I did love it a lot more than the last film because I feel like there was a better focus in the story, there was a lot more drama, character development and a better representation of the rest of the districts beyond just 12.

    The cast were really the best aspect of this film, I loved everyone especially Jennifer Lawrence, right now she’s an actress that can do no wrong these days. And yeah I’m glad you highlighted Lenny Kravitz too, I love him as Cinna, he was one of my favourite characters in the last film and in this film his relationship with Katniss is done so well, its quite touching.

    • Thanks. I agree the film did a great job at showing the other districts outside 12. It felt like they had more time to explore the wider world of Penam after introducing us to the world in the first film. It was also good how they showed that Katniss and the other tributes continue to suffer post traumatic stress after the games.
      Jennifer Lawrence is just amazing and keeps getting better in every new film I see her in. Glad you liked the relationship between Katniss and Cinna too, I felt this was suh an important friendship in the books so I’m glad its translated well into the films.

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