So, its finally here, one of the most anticipated movies of the year Hunger Games: Catching Fire hit theaters nationwide and the fandom can rejoice, it was worth the wait. Catching Fire did everything right and should please both fans of the first movie and those that read the books, it was a very close adaptation with few things left out either because there wasn’t time in the two and half hour movie or because it was not set up in the first film. Hunger Games: Catching Fire is so well done and engrossing though I really didn’t notice anything missing until it was all over and I didn’t really care, I was just waiting for MockingJay part one to start.
What was so great about the book was that it expanded on everything we wanted to know more about in the first book, such as Panem itself, the previous Hunger Games victors, the rebellion and more. The movie does the same, we spend more time in District 12, we get to see more of the other districts and the Capitol, the majority of the victors get a good amount of screen time especially fan favorites other than Katniss and Peeta. As much as I enjoyed Katniss and Peeta’s stories, Finnick (Sam Clafin) and Mags (Lynn Cohen) really stood out to me, they gave amazing performances, but that could be said of everyone. Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, and everyone else were outstanding in their roles.
The movie itself was as well balanced between action, drama and comedy as the book was, there are moments when you are captivated by the tension in one scene then laughing at a very memorable elevator scene. Even though this time around we don’t spend the majority of the movie in the arena it doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of spectacle and story to keep you interested. Things move quickly and with purpose through the entire movie, nothing is superfluous, well maybe the previously mentioned elevator scene but its worth the few moments it takes.
Like I said before Catching Fire leaves you wanting more in a good way, you don’t want to wait for MockingJay to come out, you want to see it all now. Hunger Games: Catching Fire, I will most certainly be seeing again very soon and recommend anyone who hasn’t seen the first Hunger Games movie to catch up so that they can enjoy Catching Fire with the rest of us.