REVIEW: Amazing ‘Catching Fire’ stays true to novel

By Breanna Amico

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(Photo provided by MoviePosterDB.com)

As I took my seat in the theatre, along with hundreds of others gathered to watch the premier of the long awaited “Catching Fire,” I could feel the anticipation in the air. All around there was an excitement in the chatter as people poured in sharing their utter excitement for the movie they’ve been waiting on for almost two years.

And we were not disappointed in the wait.

“Catching Fire” is the sequel to the “Hunger Games” and the second of what will end up being a four movie adaption to Suzanne Collin’s popular book trilogy. The movie opens with the ever resourceful Katniss (played by the delightful Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”) in the woods surveying the free land just beyond her home in District 12. It is the land where she first learned to hunt and how to care for her family. Now this land brings back memories of the games.

After successfully completing the Hunger Games, faux lovers Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, “Red Dawn”) embark on their victory tour through the districts only to learn they will have to return for a very special Quarter Quell where past winners from the 12 districts will be reentered into the games for a fight to the death.

Katniss is tossed through a variety of emotions during this film, and it allows Lawrence to truly show off her acting talent. She improved from the first film with her ability to convey those emotions. As an audience member I felt the fear, the determination, the anger and the conflicted feelings of romance right along with Katniss. The plot thickens with both Peeta and Gale vying for Katniss’s attention. The theater was filled with both gasps and sighs from the ladies as we watched both fine young men work for her affections.

As a movie adaption to a book, I was impressed with how true they stayed to the book.  It was a pleasure to hear lines that were so similar if not a direct quote from the book as well as see a more equal spread of screen time with the supporting characters—something that was lacking in the first movie. Katniss and Peeta’s guide to the capitol, Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks, “Pitch Perfect”) is one character in particular that was tremendously more developed.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, this 146-minute film serves as a large teaser to what will ultimately happen in part one of the next movie set to release Nov. 21, 2014. Even so, it is a fantastic teaser and one that I have already made plans to go see again.

5/5 stars

Breanna Amico  is a junior public relations major. This review reflects the view of the writer only. 

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