When the original Hunger Games film was released back in 2012, it was constantly being compared to the likes of other popular books turned movies, such as Harry Potter and the Twilight saga. Now that the legacy of Potter and the fad of Twilight has calmed, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are in the spotlight of being the one of the most anticipated book adaptation of 2013.
Catching Fire continues where the events of the original film left off. The story follows Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, as she and Josh Huterchson who plays fellow tribute Peeta Mellark have recently returned home after being declared victors of the 74th Annual Hunger Games. The two, alongside mentor Haymitch Abernathy and representative Effie Trinket embark on a Victor’s Tour of all the districts, whilst grappling with the aftermath of their actions during the past Games. The nation of Panem sees Katniss as a sign of defiance of the Capitol and sparks of rebellion are beginning to fly. However, the sinister President Snow who is played by Donald Sutherland is hatching a plan to silence the anticipated uprising and rid himself of Katniss and all victors, once and for all in another Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell.
The sequel promises to be bigger and better than the original film. After Hunger Games director Gary Ross cited irreconcilable differences with Lionsgate during pre-production of the second installment, he was replaced with Francis Lawrence. Most fans aren’t complaining; Gone is the shaky, headache inducing shots of the original movie. Lawrence’s crisper images bring a new aesthetic to the series, making the story more cinematic and compelling.
The rebellious Johanna Mason and fan favorite Finnick Odair – arguably two most anticipated characters of the series – will be introduced in Catching Fire. A face seen briefly in the trailers speaking to President Snow is none other than Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Gamemaker. With new additions to the cast, it’s exciting to see what they will bring to the screen.
The marketing campaign for the film has reached every industry. To generate excitement for the movie, two spinoff sites were created that are dedicated to the Capitol’s government and fashion. CoverGirl also has a new line of cosmetics inspired by the series, ranging from Cinna’s classic gold eyeliner to an array of limited edition nail polish colors.
A number of popular artists are being feature on the Catching Fire soundtrack some of who include Imagine Dragons, the Lumineers, Lorde, and even Christina Aguilera are featured. The soundtrack seems to be taking on a more pop/alternative vibe than the original’s folksier nature.
Screenings begin as early as November 21st at 8 p.m. in select theaters. Most fans will have to wait until November 22nd to see if the sequel will be able to live up to this huge anticipation, and earn its spot next to other remarkable literature adaptations of the past decade.