I recently watched the latest blockbuster to hit cinemas in New Zealand. The highly acclaimed Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Being the second instalment of the franchise, hopes were certainly at an all time high as we bought our movie tickets and popcorn and made our way to the “Extreme Screen” in Sylvia Park.
Truth be told, I have never read any of the books. So I am a literal newbie at this franchise. The only time I even knew the books existed was after I watched the first movie.
I did enjoy the first movie and the second movie lived up to the hype. The cinematic effects combined with the action scenes and well crafted script made my “Movie of the Year” list.
The action really doesn’t begin until well into the movie but the build up, expectation and (yes it needs to be said) – outstanding performances from Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) & Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy) as well as the rest of the cast made the movie an epic success in my eyes.
I guess a lot of people would argue that there was a HELL of a lot of talking. But that just lent to build up of the story. It was not the sort of script that left you wishing you were elsewhere or snoring. This movie had my full attention right through to the end…even though the end did catch me by surprise…see? It was just that good.
Catching Fire finds us in the same oppressive state in District 12 with victors Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. The victors are obliged to put on large smiles and act out a non existent relationship for their adoring fans as they embark on their victors tour of the districts.
As Peeta and Katniss embark on their tour it is quite evident that trouble is brewing and even more obvious that Katniss is the beacon of hope that has lit this fire in the districts.
In an effort to put down any and all thoughts of rebellion, President Snow exerts his authority and announces the 75th Annual Hunger Games or The Quarter Quell, throwing all previous victors right back into the arena.
Unbeknownst to Katniss however another little plot is underway and she is the star of that little show too.
Needless to say, Catching Fire certainly brings to the fore some thought provoking themes and is a compelling story which will tug at your heart strings and leave you wanting more.
The movie is still in theatres at the moment. Have you seen the film and what did you think of it? Check out the trailer to tantalise and spark your interest – highly recommend this movie. I’m only devastated that I have to wait another year for the next debut. Perhaps I shall attack the books after all.