Newly released series catches audience attention

Mark Vallejo, Entertainment Editor

It’s time to be “reaped” once again for the second book to movie version of The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire.

Because it’s a book being made into a movie, a lot of people were afraid that the new director, Francis Lawrence, would make a lot of mistakes and take out important scenes from the Catching Fire novel. However, many fans of the book were pleasantly surprised.

“I thought it was really good,” junior Christopher Remington said. “One of the best book to movie adaptions I have ever seen.”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire starts with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) hunting in the woods. Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) shows up to hunt with Katniss, which was similar to the start of the first movie. A part that I really enjoyed in that scene was when Katniss shoots one of her arrows at a turkey. It changes into the character Marvel (from the first movie) who was shot by Katniss after he had thrown the spear at Rue, who was also from the first movie.

Lawrence brought her “A-Game” for the emotional scenes in District 11 for the “Victory Tour”, where the winners of the games visit each district and see the families of the fallen tributes.

“I thought it was a good scene. Jennifer Lawerence showed a lot of emotion and because of that, it felt very real,” Remington said. “I actually cried because of what Katniss was saying to Rue’s family.”

While the Victory Tour comes to an end President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and new Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) are still furious with Katniss after her stunt with the poisonous Nightlock berries at the end of the 74th Hunger Games, so they come up with a plan.

It’s the start of the Quarter Quell. Every 25 years, the Hunger Games have a twist to it. For the 75th Hunger Games, President Snow announces that the tributes, meaning the contestants in the Hunger Games, from each district “are to be reaped from their existing pool of victors” meaning that Katniss is forced to go back in the games.

“Since I didn’t read the books, at first I was so confused,” junior Alexis Poteat said. “Then when they showed her going to that same building from the first movie with Peeta, I was shocked because I realized what was going to happen.”

Regarding the interviews, where each tribute talks to Ceaser Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) before the games, Johanna’s was probably one of the most comedic one. But the way Katniss’s white wedding dress turns into the dark Mockingjay dress makes it the most memorable.

Before she goes into the games, Katniss says her final goodbye to Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), who designs all of Katniss’ dresses and outfits she wears. This happens before he was badly beaten which was a gruesome scene but Lawrence’s acting was spot on.

The scenes in the games are where all the real action starts. Seeing some tributes meet their fates and the cliffhanger arena scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire can easily be said to be a 5 out of 5 stars.