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Catching Fire, a movie review

by Louisa Klein

Well, what can I say? I didn’t think this new instalment could be better than the previous one. I was wrong.  This new creative team doesn’t just repeat the previous film or the book… they substantially improve upon both
The budget is nearly twice the original, and, trust me, it shows. Great work from the A-list cast, amazing set designs and costumes.
As I said, all actors are amazing, but Jennifer Lawrence really stands out. It’s her show and she’s great. She’s the living proof that it’s possible to be beautiful AND talented. Although very young, she’s extremely mature and smart. I watched a string of interviews where she talks about her character, explaining how she ‘got to know’ Katniss and her most intimate fears and feelings.
She makes Katniss beautiful without being gorgeous, smart without being pretentious, savvy without being ruthless. She despises killing, but knows it’s something she must do if she and her family are to survive.
Her character is also involved in a sort of love triangle, but it’s not the usual stereotypical one, to give a ‘wink, wink’ to the teenager audience. One can see that Katniss deeply cares for both boys, although in different ways.
The script by Oscar-winners Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is beyond excellent, truly faithful to the book. But that’s no wonder, since  they had to operate under the draconian expectations of Collins’ 50 million readers, who demand the movie accurately reflect the novel and rightfully so!
In this second instalment the violence is not merely physical, but existential, psychological. President Snow is ready to do anything to keep his power, blackmailing Katniss and Peta into becoming one of the gears of the dictatorship’s machine. So, far from having won her freedom as promised, Katniss is now imprisoned in a false public narrative-supporter of the Capitol, lover of Peeta-from which she may never escape.
I won’t add any more details, since I truly do not want to spoil this movie for you. Just be sure this is a film not to be missed!  Catching Fire is tightly paced with very little filler. No line or character is wasted.
Catching Fire,
Directed By: Francis Lawrence
Written By: Michael Arndt, Simon Beaufoy, Suzanne Collins

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