Opening in UK cinemas on Thursday, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the big screen adaptation of the second book in Suzanne Collins’ popular trilogy of young adult novels. We sent BEV’s teenage correspondent Sofia Medarova to a preview screening to find out how this film compares with the first, and whether Jennifer Lawrence continues to impress as protagonist Katniss Everdeen…
I have read The Hunger Games series so many times now I’ve lost count. While the first book (simply known as The Hunger Games) will always be the one that hooked me, the second instalment, Catching Fire, is probably my favourite. So there were high hopes riding on this particular movie, depending on how closely they kept to the book and how Katniss was played.
I’m happy to say that my hopes were met. The acting was consistently good; the action scenes were much more exciting than the first film; and it barely strayed from the book – which, as an avid reader, is a must for me.
Another big thing was how badass the portrayal of Katniss would be, because so few movies and books have awesome female lead roles that aren’t completely focused on romance. It’s important that she’s represented correctly. I’m sure Katniss herself would agree. Again, my hopes were matched. From the beginning to the end, Jennifer Lawrence does justice to The Girl on Fire and blows you away with her performance.
In my eyes, the whole cast are great. I was basically captivated the moment the movie started, right until the end when the big shocker is revealed. While the first part of the film can be a little slow – especially for those who will be dragged out to the cinema by their friends – it does fit neatly into the plot. There were a couple of scenes I had hoped to see that were left out. However, they weren’t a deal breaker and the movie flowed perfectly without them. The fans will be kept happy. Action-lovers will enjoy the movie more than the slow-paced first one, and feminists will enjoy the kick-ass role Katniss has.
The awkward love triangle has taken a new spin. It’s now a matter of life and death, which makes that sappy romance stuff much more exciting. In conclusion, it’s time to put on your mockingjay pins and braid your hair again.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire goes on nationwide theatrical release from Thursday November 21.