by Megan Daniel
Of course everyone has heard the earthshaking news that the new Catching Fire movie has finally hit the box office. For those of you NOT in the know, this is much-awaited second movie based on the best selling trilogy The Hunger Games, which made its big screen debut late last March. Who would have known that this movie not only shattered three of Harry Potter’s records (Sorcerers Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Deathly Hallows Part I) in box offices over the Thanksgiving week, but Catching Fire nearly tripled them in ticket sales and income.
As you may already know, the majority of fans happen to be, surprise surprise, teenage girls. Much like the Twilight franchise, this series’ cast includes many much loved, and gorgeous, faces, including Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and even Stanley Tucci. Many teen girls are drawn to the archery-loving, self-proclaimed “mocking jay,” known as Katniss Everdeen, is played by the hilarious, and not to mention beautiful, Jennifer Lawrence.
Having both watched the movie and read the books, multiple times, I can honestly say that I am not disappointed with this latest visual addition to a much-loved series. Although the first movie caused such a major uproar in The Hunger Games franchise, many missed the fact that there were plot holes so big you could drive a bus through them. I am not one to complain, especially considering how hard it must be to portray what life in a distant future distopian society would be like, from the technology, to the fashion, to speach patterns, to behavior, not to mention the visual mission of recreating what it was like in the actual games.
Thanks to a new director though, Catching Fire was much more pleasing to fans that actually indulged and read the novels. Many would agree that this movie is worth watching twice, or twelve times; either way there is no going back from this astonishing, and record breaking, film, Catching Fire.