Catching Fire satisfies extreme Hunger Games fan

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Entering the theatre I did not know what to expect. I had gone to the midnight premiere for The Hunger Games my freshman year two hours early and had had to wait in what felt like a mile-long line.

Luckily, Studio C has assigned seating and is much smaller, so there was little wait. However, the theatre was packed. People milled around in groups, anxiously waiting for the staff to open the doors. Finally, after 15 minutes we got in. I had tickets in the very front row of the theatre because I had unfortunately bought them at the last minute.

Going into a long anticipated book-turned-movie I always try to have two mindsets: the first as a die-hard book fan and the second as someone who has no knowledge of the plot. If  I did not know anything about The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire might have been slightly hard to follow.

I think it is important to keep an open mind when watching an adaptation of a book, as there is no way a director can follow a book exactly; I have found myself disappointed in the past when my expectations were too high.

However, I need not have worried, for Catching Fire followed Suzanne Collins’ book surprisingly well. In the movie, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are once again thrust into the Hunger Games because the Gamemakers choose victors from the existing pool of previous winners.

I was impressed with the cinematography as well as the acting. The overall tone of the movie was serious but there were a few surprisingly humorous scenes. I was drawn to the way director Francis Lawrence showed the restlessness of the districts, which was something that was harder to see in the book. I also thought the scenes between President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker and secretly a rebel, were important because it let us see the mindset of the Capitol.

My only complaint was that it was a little slow even when it was action-packed and it was also long, almost two and half hours.

Overall, Catching Fire was an enjoyable movie and I feel most fans will be pleased with it.

The audience I was with that night was perfect, laughing at the funny scenes and jumping when something lashed out. I was included in this because I was enthralled as the events unfolded in the film. At the end, the movie received enthusiastic (and well-deserved) applause.