Catching Fire Movie Review

Bailey Smith and Molly Swain

Catching Fire. The movie that’s been spreading like wildfire, and catching the attention of audiences everywhere. After almost two years, the moment has finally come. Catching Fire graces theatres today and people of all ages will be lining up around corners in anticipation,  and with good reason. If your hopes are high, you won’t be disappointed. Catching Fire delivers thrilling action, suspense, drama and romance – it’s a never-ending rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish.


When you arrive at the theater, be prepared to settle in. The film is just about 2 and a half hours long, which of course is no problem at all for the Hunger Games fanatics.  Each book from The Hunger Games trilogy was popular from the get-go, selling millions of copies worldwide. For all you bookworms out there, not to worry, the film captures the essence of the book perfectly and follows the plot almost exactly. The casting is perfect, the acting is impeccable, the cinematography is Oscar-worthy, and the soundtrack is already on iTunes’ top ten list. This is no surprise, as we’ve had the soundtrack playing on an endless loop since we left the theater.


Of course, there are a few tear-jerking moments – and for all the Peeta lovers out there, be sure to bring a tissue-box, in fact, bring multiple. Josh Hutcherson continues to embody Peeta’s sweet and charming nature, just as Jennifer Lawrence carries on in demonstrating Katniss’ bravery and tenacity. For those who are all about Gale, Liam Hemsworth delivers Gale’s stubbornness and determination effortlessly.


And it doesn’t stop there; new cast members Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair) and Jenna Malone (Johanna Mason) are extraordinary additions to the cast. Many are anticipating Finnick’s allure and Johanna’s snarky attitude – Claflin and Mason play their roles to a T. And Claflin definitely adds even more eye candy to the Hunger Games arena.


It’s difficult to harness our inner teenage-girl and speak about this film in a professional manner, because it truly was an amazing production. It’s more than the fact that Josh Hutcherson’s jaw line is flawless and that every romance scene between Katniss and Peeta is enough to make any girl swoon; it was a great film adaptation of a fabulous novel. The plot thickens and those who haven’t read the book will definitely be surprised. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time.


As soon as the ending credits commence, we found ourselves sitting in our seats in a  complete daze, wanting the movie to play again, and again, and again. If only the next installation of the series premiered sometime soon… The next chapter of TheHunger Games movie series, Mockingjay Part 1, isn’t scheduled to come out until November 20, 2014. At least there’s something to look forward to.


It’s definitely a good thing that Catching Fire premiers on a Friday, meaning most teenagers will have all of Thanksgiving break to watch it as many times as they want. If it had premiered during the week, we can assure you that you wouldn’t be paying any attention in class. The movie is all you’ll be able to think about for a while. So get in line and go see Catching Fire, and “may the odds be ever in your favor.”