The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


In the movie, the mockingjay pin becomes a vital symbol for the revolution; representing a sense of hope for repressed districts.

Just as its predecessor did last year, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has left viewers at the edge of their seats begging for more. The latest installment in the series continues its reputation for stunning visuals and talented acting, but introduces a more complex look into the world Panem.

Catching Fire picks up right when victors Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) return home to District 12. Being forced by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to continue her romantic charade with Peeta, Katniss must bury her unresolved feelings toward Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Although Peeta and Katniss dread their victory tour across Panem, they begin to see hope, which they have sparked in the Districts.

Just when Katniss and Peeta believe they have seen the last of the Capitol’s sadistic games, President Snow announces the terms for the third Quarter Quell – all tributes will be chosen from a pool of previous victors. The duo return against more mature champions and experienced killers to try and survive their way to victory. But for the 75th Hunger Games, something is different; the players are not just fending for their own lives, they are fighting for something bigger.

From nearly all fans, a “It was way better than the first!” echoed through the theater. This time around, the sequel’s acting, screenplay and visuals made it more accurate to the book, and definitely more exciting. Whereas The Hunger Games, gave the audience a brief look into the dystopian world of Panem, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire allows the audience to see its inner workings and explore its more complex themes.

In addition, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ends – well, you’ll just have to see for yourself. Its last few minutes completely shock viewers and perfectly set up the story’s continuation for a two-part finale in Mockingjay. With all else included, the end is what truly makes Catching Fire a hit.

But as with any great film, its soundtrack must not only compliment it, but complete the experience. Featuring old as well as new material from artists such as Coldplay, The Weeknd, The Lumineers and Ellie Goulding, the set list captures and enhances the movie’s emotions.

Overall, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire more than deserves all the hype it recieves. Despite its dreadfully slow start, its sophisticated screen play, enchanting visuals and star studded cast make it a must see, for fans and casual moviegoers alike.