The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the new, astonishing instalment to The Hunger Games franchise directed by Francis Lawrence. Screen adapted from the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins, the film stays quite faithful to the books and definitely seems to have surpassed expectations made.
There were one or two notable details added in for the film, which were not in the book; which work very well with the story, as nice little added touches for particular characters. The script is extremely well written with some memorable character one-liners and as a fan of the trilogy, I was happy to hear a handful of quotes from the book, too!
The majority of the film was definitely close to how I pictured it when reading the books, as I’m sure other fans will agree. The style of filming that Francis Lawrence brings to the second instalment pulls the story forward and gives a deeper and refreshing feel to the Capitol and other districts. There were also some parts that were missing from the books and although it didn’t impact on the film harshly, it still is a shame that they won’t be added into the films at all.
Jennifer Lawrence has, without a doubt, got Katniss Everdeen on point and has emotionally developed the character for the advance of the story particularly well. The on-screen chemistry between herself and Liam Hemsworth (Gale) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) was still achieving the desired ‘oohs’, ‘ahs’ and tears of the audience.
Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket did perfectly; you get to see the character open up and the deepening bond between herself, Katniss and Peeta begins to surface a lot more. Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) and Woody Harrelson (Haymitch) were just as wonderful as they were in the first instalment. Sam Clafin as Finnick Odair definitely exceeded my hopes; I think he embodied the character impressively well and finally Jena Malone (Johanna Mason) and Jeffrey Wright (BeeTee) were just brilliant!
Overall, I think the casting for the newer characters was spot on and the rendition from book to screen was quite outstanding. A definite must-see!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reaches UK cinemas on November 21st.