The odds are never in our favor.
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are back in District 12. They're still trying to cope with what happened in the area. Katniss with having killed people, Peeta with having a fake relationship with the girl he truly adores. Katniss is also confused by her feelings for her best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) After their Victory Tour goes south, they find out that the 75th Hunger Games have special rules: That the tributes will be reaped from the current pool of victors in each district. This means Katniss and Peeta are back in the arena, only this time it's much more dangerous.
Catching Fire was probably my favorite book of the trilogy. It introduced us to wonderful characters like Joanna, (Jena Malone) Finnick, (Sam Clafin) and Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) Who all were spot on here. (Especially Joanna. Her feistiness was awesome and I loved her little on air tirade. Clever use of "bleeping" there) The film was very close to the book as well. Plenty of things in the arena were exactly as I pictured them, and they stretched the PG-13 rating enough to include most of the violence from the novels.
I have to hand it to Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. When I look at Peeta and Gale, I don't see what Katniss' huge dilemma is, Gale is obviously hotter, but whenever we see Katniss and Peeta kiss, there's a lot of chemistry there, and it makes the conflict a bit more believable. I teared up when Katniss made her tribute to Rue. Hell, I nearly teared up during Effie's (Elizabeth Banks) speeches a few times. Sure, non book readers will think the ending is a gigantic cop out. (I read all 3 books back to back so it really didn't phase me) but Catching Fire did what a proper sequel should do: raise the bar higher from the original.
To be perfectly honest, the only real gripe I have about the film is that they didn't explain Joanna's story behind her time in the Games. (She pretended to be weak until there were only a few left, then she viciously killed all of them) But I loved that they kept little touches in like President Snow's (Donald Sutherland, who is SUCH a creep) mouth bleeding - we'll get the story behind that in Mockingjay I'm sure, and the District 3 Tributes being strung out druggies, Mags kissing Finnick goodbye. You've got to appreciate the little things.
Memorable Quote: "They can't hurt me. There's no one left that I love" - Joanna Mason (Jena Malone)
Fun Fact: This is my 700th post on this blog!