Title: Catching Fire (Official Site)
Tag Line: Every revolution begins with a spark.
Release Date:22 November 2013
Runtime: 146 min
Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Dystopia
Series or Standalone: Series
Where Seen: Theater
Production Company: Lionsgate
Distributed By: Lionsgate
Director(s): Francis Lawrence
Writer(s): Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (novel)
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Avernathy), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Donald Sutherland (President Snow), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavenbee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Lynn Cohen (Mags), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I’m always wary when a book that I liked is turned into a movie and of the Hunger Games series CATCHING FIRE was my favorite in the trilogy. But I liked how HUNGER GAMES was done and so was excited for CATCHING FIRE and I wasn’t disappointed. As with the first movie I liked how they did some added “behind the scenes shots” to show the games being run and a little lead up to the start of them. As with all book to movie adaptations I wish that more from the book was included but overall I can’t really complain with how they did this movie. They included all the big and important moments and even set some seeds for the next film MOCKINGJAY.
I didn’t like how Gale’s role was expanded, even if its still just a small fraction of other characters, because in the books his role was very small. I like who they cast for Finnick, Johanna, Nuts and Bolts. They were all perfect for the roles and I liked what they brought to the characters. Jennifer Lawrence did a great job once again with Katniss even if her hair changed from brown to black sometime between the first film and this one. But as she often changes her hair color for roles its probably
As with the book, CATCHING FIRE, left me on the edge of my seat. Its very fast paced movie and it hits all the right notes . The score was perfect for the movie and it will fill you with hope and also dread as you see what all the tributes have to go through this time around. The ending left my friends a bit disappointed as it is a cliff hanger ending but as the book was the same way I didn’t mind as much. Plus I’ve already read MOCKINGJAY so I know how it all ends.
If you are a fan of the books or even just of the first movie then you will probably like this one as well. I liked CATCHING FIRE better than HUNGER GAMES in both movie and book formats. I’m still not really looking forward to MOCKINGJAY as it was my least favorite book though I think that the story will translate better on film than in print. I just wish that it wasn’t following the trend of bilking the movie goer by splitting it up into two parts. There is no need for it to be two parts.
My Recommendation: Worth seeing in the theatres.