Film Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Director: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, ElizabethBanks, Lenny Kravitz…


One word, HOPE. This seemed to be the overall theme of the film, and it is rightly so.

The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire definitely deserves praise for its high cinematic quality, incredible acting, and its beautifully subtle & almost covert score. Catching Fire is even more daring and bold when it comes to pulling at audience’s heartstrings, than its predecessor, The Hunger Games. However, there are certain scenes that may leave one confused or unsure of what is happening, but I think it’s because these scenes directly mirror the book, so it may be a bit confusing if the books weren’t read prior to watching the film. Despite that Catching Fire still depicts an accurate dystopian system that has been popularly associated with the books. I find that the complexity of the system both politically, and structurally were well illustrated in the film, and it’s difficult to not feel for the people that have to endure this type of system without a form of escape, because there is simply a non-existent outside world for them. So, the audience definitely feels the entrapment that the characters feel in their unpleasant world. Moreover, there’s no Catching Fire film review without praising Katniss Everdeen, famously played by Jennifer Lawrence a.k.a J-Law. Jennifer’s acting is so impeccable and it’s no new news that Katniss as a character is so emotionally charged, and complicated that it’s difficult to not get attached to her and feel for her when she’s both sad and happy throughout the film. However, Jennifer Lawrence’s character definitely shines because of other impeccable performances by Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and the ever comedic and humorous character – Effie Trinket – played by Elizabeth Banks. Without revealing too much, this film undoubtedly has numerous memorable scenes, and it is definitely worth the wait, and worth the hype. Go watch it while you can, and feel free to leave comments below.

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