Catch this fire
Logan Qualls | reporter
With the bar already set high from the huge success of the first film in the trilogy, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” blazes forward with a degree of ferocity and excellence that matches the girl on fire herself.
With the addition of a new director, Francis Lawrence, the trilogy’s sophomore effort proves to be a stunning success. Fans of the book series, by Suzanne Collins, can appreciate the care that went into creating an accurate and entertaining adaptation of the book.
Following Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence; “Silver Linings Playbook,” “X-Men: First Class”) victory in the previous games, she has returned home to grapple with piecing together her life before and after the games. Her struggle with reconciling her feelings for Gale while battling with the complicated relationship between her and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson; “Red Dawn,” “The Kids Are All Right”) after the cameras have left provides the film’s strength, but not the focal point, allowing the audience to draw conclusions of their own.
Following a surprise visit from President Snow, Katniss is made aware of the repercussions of her victory, and defiance toward the Capitol. Given an ultimatum to convince the people of Panem that her actions were inspired by love and not rebellion, Katniss must travel across the country to each district and act blissfully in love with Peeta, or her family and loved ones will die.
The film incorporates the key elements of the book without dragging down the plot’s momentum. The film adaptation maintains the tense plot while providing audiences insight into the inner thoughts of the characters.
The visuals and cinematography are breathtaking. Much of the film was captured using IMAX cameras, the scenes in the arena using it extensively.
The score, composed by James Newton Howard, complements the rise and fall of tension as the movie progresses. The score also features songs from many contemporary artists, including Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd, Lorde and Of Monsters and Men, to name a few.
Phenomenal performances from the entire cast with Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen. Lawrence’s performance demonstrates the effect of extreme physical and mental burden her character is subjected to and the challenge to stay whole when all of the pieces are falling apart.
Audiences of both the film and book could not ask for a better sequel. The culmination of the elements of production are expertly balanced and executed. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a perfect example of the importance of process in a production. It is no surprise the film succeeds on every level.