Catching Fire

One of the most anticipated films this year is based on Suzanne Collin’s second book in the best selling series about survival entitled, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. After winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) return home to the 12th district and immediately begin a victory tour. (I think it’s kind of funny naming one of the characters after a piece of bread in a story called Hunger Games.) While traveling, they become aware of a rebellion that is brewing with the district people against the capital. President Snow is an intimidating leader over all of the districts of Panem who lives in the capital. He talks to the host of the Hunger Games, Caesar Flicker (Stanley Tucci) and they decide to change the rules. In the Games, all participants will fight against past winners which means friends will fight against friends to the death. As in the first game, Katness and Peeta receive tips from former winner Haymite Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) to beat the best Hunger Game winners. Besides having to beat other contestants they also have to deal with ferocious baboons, blood rain, toxic fog and a deadly lightning storm. This film has everything from exciting action, compelling dramatic scenes, and excellent acting – especially by Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence shows why she is the perfect choice for the character of Katniss Everdeen. She is comfortable with both action and dramatic scenes and she even has a slight romantic role. All of the actors mentioned are exceptional along with the return of Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) from the first film. This movie has a great lesson for kids about the different classes and how people are treated. (Of course they will primarily be interested in the action.) I’m frequently asked if this film is okay for children to watch due to its violent nature and my recommendation is 12 years of age and up. This is not only a great film but also an outstanding cinematic experience and I’m giving it an A rating.