‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is about how Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson, are targeted by those in power in the Capitol of Panem because of the rebellion in the districts of Panem that they have inspired.
As this is the second instalment of the ‘Hunger Games’ franchise, the plot of the film follows on from the events of the first ‘Hunger Games’ film. The plot is quite interesting, with a mix of predictable events and outcomes, as well as some unexpected twists and turns. There is also quite a bit of time developing the many characters that appear in the film, and though some characters are developed more than others, it is easy to see where each character fits in the story and what their role in the story is.
There is also quite a bit of depth to some of the characters, particularly Katniss. There are times when she is afraid and a complete wreck and times when she is confident, times when she is vengeful and times when she just wants to protect her family. Part of that depth can be attributed to good scripting, but it is also a testament to Jennifer Lawrences’ ability as an actress to portray all those varied emotions in a convincing manner. Each of the actors play their roles well, but to me Jennifer Lawrences’ performance is the real stand-out.
Overall, ‘Catching Fire’ is a decent second instalment in the Hunger Games franchise, with solid performances and scripting. Though the almost 2 and a half hour run time may be a bit long for some, I personally don’t think it’s an issue. Having watched the extended editions of Peter Jacksons ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy multiple times, I’ve become used to watching longer movies.