A Filling Meal: ‘Catching Fire’

The movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second part of the Hunger Games trilogy, has been a smashing hit in all theaters. Francis Lawrence has ingeniously directed The Hunger Games series, written by Suzanne Collins. He is the director of other notable movies such as I Am Legend and Water for Elephants. Catching Fire also has an all-star cast of actors and actresses: Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, teenage heartthrob Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and the infamous Donald Sutherland are just a few that have drawn the large crowds. Since the second Hunger Games movie was even more successful than the first, it is now part of an elite group of adventure fiction series that have been turned into excellent movies, including J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

Jennifer Lawrence at the San Diego Comic Con 2013.

Jennifer Lawrence at the San Diego Comic Con 2013.

The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian society where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The wealthy live in the Capitol and distinguish themselves from the poor by dressing in outrageous costumes and heavy makeup, which acts as a façade. The area surrounding the Capitol is split up into 13 districts, and when it is time for the Hunger Games each year, each district volunteers two “tributes” to participate in a fight to the death that was created to quell uprisings against the Capitol. The movie begins with Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson, on tour of the districts because they are the most recent winners. The president, Coriolanus Snow, played by Donald Sutherland, has ordered Katniss and Peeta to act as if they are in love in order to distract the districts from recent rebellions. Since this year is the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games, the winners of prior years were invited back to fight once more. The battle arena for the Hunger Games is computer-generated and monitored by the Capitol. Since it is a battle to the death, deaths are announced by cannon fire to alert the other tributes as to who has died. The Capitol continually messes with the tributes’ minds with force fields and random attacks that keep the movie suspenseful and moving forward.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has an excellent artistic side to it. Everything from the costumes to the soundtrack is phenomenal. Katniss and Peeta’s assistant, Effy, is one character who has a different costume in each scene. In one scene, she can be wearing a short, magenta dress with pipe cleaners all colors of the rainbow.  Ort, during the pre-Hunger Games show. Katniss wears a beautiful white dress with plumy, white feathers flying in different directions to make her look like a swan; however, when she spins around, the dress transforms in a ball of fire into a sleek, black dress to make her look like a mocking jay, her symbol during the games.

Another wonderful aspect of the movie is the suspense. For someone who has not read the books, it is still very easy to be enthralled by the screenplay. The only downside to the movie is that the ending was anticlimactic, and leaves you wondering why is ends where it does.

I would 100% recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. While it mostly draws an audience of 13-25 year-olds, adults can certainly appreciate the cinematography and the. See this movie to have your mind stimulated, to fall in love with the characters, music, costumes, and to go on an imaginative thrill ride that will leave you smiling with awe.

— Morgan Simmonds, Contributing Writer

Posted by on December 18, 2013. Filed under Arts. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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