‘Catching Fire’ ignites praise

Reviewed by Brittany Carter
Times-News correspondent

Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) are shown in a scene from "Catching Fire." / Murray Close, McClatchy News Service

   Multitudes of Tributes (“Hunger Games” fans) swarmed the movie theaters the weekend of Nov. 22 for “Catching Fire,” the sequel to the wildly popular film, “The Hunger Games.”
This sequel is sure to ignite praise among enthusiasts of the books and lovers of the first movie alike.
“Catching Fire” commences almost immediately where its predecessor “The Hunger Games” left off: with the 74th Annual Hunger Games victors (and seemingly feigned lovers) Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) adjusting to life outside of the arena where they were previously forced to eliminate fellow tributes in a fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen is learning what it is truly like to be the face of the Mockingjay revolution as she anticipates the upcoming 75th Annual Hunger Games.
Characters from the previous movie reprise their roles, including Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss’ best friend and fellow hunter; Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Katniss and Peeta’s mentor; Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Katniss’ stylist and friend, as well as the antagonistic President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
There are also some new characters introduced, aiding in engendering the excitement, tragedy and love prevalent throughout this action-packed film. “Catching Fire” finds our heroine and her loved ones facing new obstacles that are perhaps even more daunting, dangerous and heartbreaking than the original and leaves the audience with a true cliff-hanger. The audience will be on the edge of its seat as it journey with Katniss and Peeta while they complete their victory tour, and then feel the utter shock at what is awaiting at the end of the tour upon reaching the Capitol where President Snow resides.
Like the first movie, “Catching Fire” contains some violent scenes and should be viewed by a more mature audience as it is rated PG-13. However, this is a movie you don’t want to miss. The fight of the districts against the Capitol, the haves against the have-nots, culminates in this sequel, and Katniss Everdeen gets caught in the heart of the battle; a battle which just may threaten everything and everyone she loves. By the end of the movie, you, too, will want to join the revolution.

“Catching Fire” is rated PG-13 and is 2 hours, 26 minutes long.

Brittany Carter is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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