I’ve been a die hard Hunger Games fan from the beginning. I’ve devotedly read all three books, several times over, and obsessed over every detail of the franchise. Even the first movie, although severely lacking in many areas, is something I admit to having enjoyed more than once. However, I was not expecting to be so completely blown away by Catching Fire. Every detail of the film was perfect and made for one of the best films I’ve seen all year.
I attribute a majority of this success to the new director, Francis Lawrence, who replaced the previous director, Garry Ross. Lawrence basically ignored the rules of continuity and replaced the mistakes from the first movie in order to make Catching Fire as extremely accurate to the book as possible. For example, something that I found not only amusing, but extremely satisfying, was that the Everdeen family cat, Buttercup, was replaced from being black back to the yellow color as described in the novel. As a fan, I quite appreciated this change, even as small as it may be.
Another small detail that was changed was Katniss’s hair color. In the book, it’s said to be black, but in the first movie, her hair was noticeably brown. In Catching Fire, it was nice to see that someone finally picked up on that key aspect from the book and got Katniss’s hair the dark shade it needed to be.
Although these are minimal aspects of the movie, there were several other things that deserve equal amounts of praise. One of these things includes the costumes. The outfits transformed from local boutique to innovative haute couture in just one movie. If anyone is more deserving of an Academy Award, it’s the costume designer, Trish Summerville. Each outfit was perfect, fresh, and unique. The designs weren’t trying too hard to be futuristic, but they weren’t anything that could be seen out on the city streets either. This blend of originality and innovativeness added to the seemingly dazzling universe of the Capital.
As for the new actors and actresses of Catching Fire? They were perfect. Each of them found a way to embody their characters and lift their personalities straight from the book and onto the screen. I appreciated that certain scenes were left in, including direct quotes from the book. It was, by far, the best book to film adaptation I have ever seen. I can’t recommend Catching Fire enough. If you’re as much of a fan as me, or if you’re just intrigued from all the positive buzz, it’s time you get off the internet and go over to the theatre to watch a revolution of a sequel unfold.