Catching Fire Premiere
By Katie Lehan
Arguably the most anticipated movie of the year was released in theatres on November 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM. Catching Fire, the next movie after its highly popular prequel The Hunger Games, is the second movie in author Suzanne Collins book trilogy. The first movie aired in theatres on March 23 of 2012 and according to Deadline Hollywood, earned “$125 million its opening 3-day weekend” and “pre-sold over a whopping 1 million tickets.” In addition to the major success of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire was expected to be even bigger and better than its predecessor. Aside from the Twilight series who attracted a female majority audience, so far The Hunger Games trilogy has attracted more younger males as well as teen and older females.
The second movie starts with Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark on their victory tour around all 12 districts a couple months post the games. Though Katniss and Peeta should be relieved that they have won and have a life of luxury to look forward to, they can’t help letting the post-traumatic stress take over. In addition, Katniss is aware that she has deeply angered President Snow, who is doesn’t believe that her and Peeta are truly in love and that rumors are spreading of rebellion in the Capitol. As a sign that rebellion against the Capitol isn’t an option, for the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games, President Snow decides to send the victors of past years back into the arena, where the stakes for Katniss and Peeta will be even higher than it was their first time participating.
With all the hype claiming Catching Fire was supposed to be even better than its novel, I can definitely say it was everything its advertisement promised it to be and more. Although I had read the book before seeing the movie, the action, suspense, and romance kept me on the edge of my seat the entire film, literally. The movie was very true to the novel and the acting along with the production was phenomenal and even though it was three in the morning by the time the movie ended, I could have happily watched it again right after. Senior Samantha Goodwin, who also went to the midnight premiere said, “Not to be dramatic or anything, but it was the best movie I’ve ever seen in my life. Josh Hutcherson was perfectly cast. He was attractive in the first one, and got even more attractive in the second, as if that’s even possible.” Kelly Gallagher, another senior added, “I thought it was very suspenseful. Since I didn’t read Catching Fire, I was on edge all the time and I was constantly jumping out of my seat. It was amazing.” In my opinion, I’m not positive that I can say any movie is better than its book, because a book adds so many more details, but Catching Fire certainly came very close. It truly was the best film of the year, and I highly recommend that everyone see it, regardless of whether they have read the trilogy or not.