By Courtney Millsap
Millions of “Hunger Games” followers have been anticipating the release of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” for approximately two years, myself included. I have read the entire triology several times and watched the first film more than a dozen times. This sequel was well worth the wait.
Riding on the coat tails of “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and every other young adult book series turned into a movie franchise, “The Hunger Games” is not as cookie-cutter as most would judge it to be. The film deals with heavy hitting issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, government control and corruption, forced homicides, inequality amongst social classes and revolution. However, it also contains a non-predictable romance element and plenty of action. Overall, “Catching Fire” can appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson return as Katniss and Peeta. Also returning is Willow Shields as Primrose, Katniss’ sister, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. The young cast does a wonderful job bringing these characters to life on the big screen.
Based on the second novel in a trilogy, “Catching Fire,” is packed full of drama, action and suspense. After winning the 74thAnnual Hunger Games, the main protagonists of the trilogy, Peeta and Katniss, embark on their victory tour, where the uprising and discontempt among the people of Panem is visibly evident. The montage of scenes evokes tears, laughter and suspense in the movie-goer.
The film moves at a decent pace, introducing new government regulations and moving directly into the 75th Hunger Games where… well, I can’t spoil it for you! Just know that, if you have never read the book, there is a curveball waiting for you. This curveball sends you on a roller coaster of emotions, backed by action and suspense, throughout the remainder of the film, all until you reach the cliff-hanger ending. However, there is no need to worry, as the next film is slated for release a year from now. But, if you can’t wait that long, the third book has been out for some time now and can be found easily at any given library or book store.
There is little disappointment from the film. From the outlandish costumes to the superb acting and the astonishing visual effects, “Catching Fire” should satisfy all audiences.