Review: Catching Fire

Franciska Fabriczki 26 November 2013

To the joy of rabid fans worldwide, the second installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy is finally out in cinemas. The book’s journey to the silver screen does not disappoint; clocking over two hours, Catching Fire stays true to the original in almost every detail.

The hiatus between the first and second movie almost makes us forget that many of the original scenes are rehashed in Catching Fire. However, the stakes are higher this time; the first half of the movie is devoted to showing the wider implications of the Capitols fascist rule, fleshing out the details of the abuses this fictional society suffers. Jennifer Lawrence gives a nuanced performance as the reluctant symbol of rebellion, and the internal struggle of a young girl, seeking normalcy against all odds.

As the contestants of the Hunger Games are now chosen from previous victors, the movie shows us the world of survivors; some have gone mad and turned to drugs, or in the case of brother-and-sister duo Cashmere and Gloss – possibly named so after a shampoo – killing has become a hobby. Meanwhile, our leading-lady has developed a serious case of PTSD. But the fast-paced movie leaves no time to regenerate; Katniss is thrown back into an arena, but this time she is told to ‘Remember who the real enemy is’.

The stellar cast is rounded out with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone, who injects the movie with some much-needed comedy. A superb cliffhanger will leave viewers cursing the 2015 release date of the next movie: Mockingjay.