Movie Review: Catching Fire

catching_fireBeing the Hunger Games-obsessed fan that I am, I saw Catching Fire twice in the first week it was out in theaters.  Still enough?  No, not really.  Luckily, it’s now on DVD for home enjoyment!
Although I loved it, I know a lot of people who were not big fans of the first movie.  Even if you felt that way, the second one should not disappoint.
The movie starts a bit slow, with wintry scenes of Katniss Everdeen’s District 12.  It quickly speeds up as Katniss and Peeta embark on the victory tour under the disapproving eyes of President Snow.  The emotion conveyed by Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was incredibly powerful, and caused me to tear up during several different scenes.
As much as I adore Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, I felt a bit annoyed at how helpless the movies always portray him.  During the games, he is always the underdog weakling who trips and falls and has to be taken care of constantly by Katniss.  Peeta, while perhaps not as agile and ruthless as Katniss, is still a strong character and person who should not be underestimated.
The casting of the movie was perfect, as all the tributes really came to life through the actors.  Sam Clafin, who plays Finnick Odair, was absolutely amazing in the role.  He perfectly embodied the personality of Finnick and captured, while maintaining a pompous air, a surprising sensitive side.  Jena Malone, who plays Johanna Mason, was also a force to be reckoned with.
If you haven’t yet seen Catching Fire, check it out from the library and watch it!  Until Mockingjay comes out in theaters, I will just be hibernating in my room and rereading all the books.
–Natalie, Northeast Teen Adviser

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