The hunger Games: Catching Fire opens with a bleak and grey district 12. It is evident that the last few months of nightmares and past memories have kept Katniss and Peeta company but the Victors are now set to go on their winning tour of the districts while trying maintain their relationship for the camera.
After reading the series of books and then watching the story unfold on screen, I think this is definitely the best book to film version I have ever seen. With the characters and scene portrayed out perfectly on the big screen (similar to the one I imagined), watching the film unfold for the second instalment of The Hunger Games trilogy was completely enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, as soon as the minutes started ticking on, the it was easy to see and feel the sadness and despair of all the principle cast and sympathies with for their loss and tragedy. Francis Lawrence(Water for Elephants, I am legend) takes over the director chair from Gary Ross but has thankfully kept the franchise and vision in tact.
The set, filming style and even accompanying music have kept true to the first film and has given The Hunger Games continuity that sadly both Twilight and Harry Potter lack.
The whole cast have upped the steaks for this second instalment and both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson give Stella performances as ‘are they, aren’t they’ lovers. I must confess that Woody Harrleson wasn’t a favourite of mine in the first film but is in completely control of a somewhat drunk and angry character for the Second outing. Newbies Jena Malone and Sam Claflin give strong and slightly strange supporting casts members and it is definitely a game of spot the actor as The Hunger Games package is bringing in the big guns.
If you are fans of the book, you will definitely enjoy this movie and the special effects will land you straight in the arena itself.
If you aren’t one for reading it haven’t got round to getting the books yet, you will enjoy the film just as much as fans and best yet, you will be utterly surprised by the outcome and the plot.