Two years ago, I walked out of a movie theater after watching “The Hunger Games.” As a complete fangirl of the books, I have been itching since that moment for “Catching Fire” to be released in theaters.
This past weekend, the moment I had been waiting for finally happened, and I was not disappointed.
The first time I watched “The Hunger Games,” I was not happy with it. I felt as though the director left out so many small, but important details from the book. Although as time went on, and after I watched it a few more times, I realized that it would have been impossible to fit every minor detail from the book in the movie.
I went into “Catching Fire” with this thought in mind. However, even if I hadn’t, it would not have made a difference. I was thoroughly impressed with how spot-on the movie was compared to the book. Despite a few very minor details that I noticed, the movie represented the book remarkably. The scenes and sets were nearly identical to how I pictured them in my mind as I read the book.
After the first movie, I was a little angered with the fact that it didn’t show the tension between Katniss and Peeta as dominantly as the book had.
However, the director made it obvious that the duo didn’t end on the right foot after the games. He cleared a few other details up as well, making me less disappointed over the fact that those who hadn’t read the books could be more understanding of the concepts of the characters.
The cast of the movie was made up of most of the same actors and actresses. However, there were a few new roles that were cast in the film, most of whom were thrown into the arena to fight with and against Katniss and Peeta, so whether one should get too attached to them is up to you.
But, considering all of the handsome actors, who wouldn’t get attached? I mean, Sam Claflin, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth? Perhaps I’d volunteer as tribute.
Those three men don’t light a candle to the beautiful Jennifer Lawrence, though. Having won and been nominated for numerous awards throughout the past three years, Lawrence proved her acting brilliance once again.
Emotions flooded the audience throughout the entire movie as I heard the sniffles while Katniss spoke about the death of her friend Rue to the laughter as Haymitch snatched alcohol from the wounded for his own drinking pleasures.
“Catching Fire” has all the factors needed to create an excellent film. It has adventure, romance, comedy and is a thriller, keeping the audience guessing about what will happen next. That is, if audience members haven’t read the books.