Movie Review of Catching Fire

Nina Russell and Katlyn Cross

After Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the 74th Hunger Games, they returned home to District 12. They thought that they were safe and that the Games were over for them. One year later when it’s time for the Victory Tour, tensions are stronger than ever. Some districts are beginning to have uprisings. Sparks of rebellion break out and are viciously put out by the Peacekeepers. Katniss and Peeta realize that the Games will never truly be over for them, and they’ll never truly be safe. President Snow makes an announcement that changes the lives of Katniss and Peeta, as well as all other victors’ lives forever.

Catching Fire is an exciting and action-packed movie. This movie is enjoyable for the whole family. It may be slightly confusing for the viewer. Reading the book first will help with that. But if you truly pay attention you can grab hold of it. There is an astounding amount of character development in this movie. I did not expect all of the characterization, so I was rather pleasantly surprised.

Catching Fire was surprisingly close to the book. There were some parts that weren’t in the movie, but I think it was still a spitting image of the book.

For all of you readers out there forming mobs and starting riots because parts of the book are not in the movie (example—the parachutes that sent the pieces of bread to the arena), there is indeed a reason. If all of the characterization and plot points interwoven throughout the books were in the movie, it’d be a six-hour long, confusing docudrama.

There were few parts in the movie that I didn’t necessarily like. For one, Peeta wasn’t helpless. In the books, he wasn’t helpless either, but he was a lot more so. He was supposed to have a prosthetic leg, along with his inability to swim, which were both absent from the movie. Also, Katniss has a big announcement: she’s pregnant! What?? No way!! Soon after the, albeit fake, announcement is made, everyone seems to forget about it, and she does very well in the arena for a pregnant woman. One last part: the ending. The end of the movie was a gigantic cliffhanger which left out a very important part of the book and only served to make the viewers anxious.

In all, Catching fire was an entertaining, exciting movie full of comic relief and action, keeping the viewer on the edge of her seat the entire time. This movie has a great message to it as well—even though it may be hard, and even though many people may be against you, you should always stand up for what’s right. This movie followed what happened in the book very closely, and even those who haven’t read the book will still enjoy it. We give Catching Fire 4.8 stars out of 5, for an exciting, accurate movie with a slight unbelievability to it, and a disappointing ending.