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FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

thehungergamescatchingfireposterTITLE: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
STARS: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz
DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence
RELEASED: November 21st 2013

As a big fan of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, this was one of my most anticipated film releases of the year. Obviously, I’m a huge bookworm and I’m sure that I’ve mentioned before how I normally like to have read the book before seeing the film. However, with The Hunger Games that didn’t quite work out. I’d never heard of the series before the release of the first film, which I went to see when it came out and I loved it so much that it inspired me to read the books. Since the release of the first film, I’ve now read all three books and can safely say that Catching Fire is my favourite.

So this was never going to be a film that I missed. In the wake of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) defying the Capitol by managing to keep both herself and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) alive during the 74th Hunger Games, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) really has it in for her and Panem is on the brink of a revolution with uprisings in many districts. In a cruel twist of fate, the 75th Hunger Games’ tributes are chosen from the existing pool of Hunger Games victors meaning Katniss, as District 12’s only female victor, has no choice but be thrown into the arena once again.

Jennifer Lawrence is a beautiful actress and she shines once again in her role as Katniss. For far too long, the film industry has depicted teenage girls as either subservient creatures at the mercy of their fathers or promiscuous bitches. Katniss is neither. She’s strong, independent and willing to die for the ones she loves and for what she believes in. As the revolution brews, she becomes the symbol of it or the Mockingjay, which is how Catching Fire ends. 

Of course, the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) continues and there are some heartbreaking scenes between Katniss and the boys, as she struggles with her feelings for both. For the cameras, she has to continue the façade of being madly in love with Peeta but you can sense how much love there is between her and Gale through the stolen kisses. However, her love for Peeta isn’t all put on as is obvious during moments of the Games. The connection between them is too strong to not be genuine on both of their parts, so naturally some really beautiful romantic moments occur.

Some beautiful clothing is also present including Katniss’ wedding dress-turned-mockingjay and the opening ceremony “girl on fire” costumes. Katniss is once again dolled up to the nines in front of the camera with dramatic make-up, flowing black hair and these simply amazing dresses. There’s no doubt that they make an impact and as with the first film, it’s hats off to Wardrobe! 

Catching Fire is a must-see if you loved the first film. You probably do need to have seen The Hunger Games in order to fully appreciate everything and if you haven’t read Mockingjay, the cliffhanger will leave you thinking “… oh, stuff is gonna kick off!”

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