I love Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy. I've been a massive fan of the books and the movies for as long as I can remember! The Hunger Games movie released last year and I was so excited because I had read the book and loved it and the movie was spectacular.
After I had seen it, I was buzzing for Catching Fire but I had a long wait of 1 and a half years but I managed to survive and the film was released on Friday and after having seen it today, all I can say is... well, I can't say anything because I am speechless and it was worth the wait.

The film kicks off after the events of the 74th Hunger Games where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) return home to District 12. On the day Katniss and Peeta are to start a victory tour of the country and the 12 districts, she is visited by President Snow (Donald Sutherland), who explains that what she did at the end of the last games was an act of defiance. She now must continue to pretend to be in love with Peeta or her family will be killed along with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta's families to maintain the illusion that her actions were out of love, not to incite an uprising.
The first stop of the tour is in District 11, home of Katniss' friend Rue (Amandla Stenberg), the 12-year-old who competed in the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss delivers an inspiring speech that causes a man to whistle the tune Katniss used during the 74th Hunger Games to inform Rue she was safe, and provides the three-finger salute of District 12. Everyone follows the man until Peacekeepers shoot him dead because to them, it is an act of rebellion. Katniss and Peeta proceed to visit the other districts and the get shown some hate at times as well as some love. To solve disputes between Katniss and Snow, Peeta proposes to Katniss in public to show that their act was out of love, not to brew an uprising.
Their return to District 12 means lots of security with more executions, more punishment and just a lot of strictness and security and Gale ends up getting a little bit of a punishment when he stops a Peacekeeper from shooting someone. 
At this point the odds aren't looking to be in Katniss's favour and to make things worse Snow announces that the 75th Hunger Games will be the Quarter Quell, an event taking place every 25 years in which a new rule is added to the game. The new rule for this Third Quarter Quell states that contestants will be reaped based on the existing pool of victors. Being the only female victor from District 12, Katniss knows she's returning to the Capitol for the televised events but she wants to make sure Peeta survives so she makes a deal with Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) that whatever he does he must make sure Peeta is safe and will win and that's all ok, for now.The games are set around a saltwater lake. Katniss joins forces with Mags (Lynn Cohen) and Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) who both come from District 4. They end up getting attacked by poisonous fog which burns and sears through human skin, not very pleasant at all! The team then escape and rest in the middle of the forest where they are attacked by ugly looking monkey beasts. After they escape the beast and rest at the beach, they collide with Wiress (Amanda Plummer), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) and Johanna (Jena Malone). Wiress soon learns the saltwater lake is arranged like a clock and that every hour a certain attack will come at a certain area. the first being the fog, and the second being the mandrills. At midnight and noon, lightning strikes a very large tree. Beetee suggests a plan that requires them to direct the electricity from the lightning to the lake to electrocute the remaining two tributes from District 2. When the wire snaps, Katniss attaches the remaining wire to an arrow and shoots it at the force field to destroy the dome which is containing them and holding the arena, causing her to black out.When she wakes, she is in an aircraft where she finds Haymitch, Finnick and a certain person thought to be bad but that is actually their ally and a rebel against Snow. She learns Johanna and Peeta were taken away by the Capitol which puts her into a bit of shock so she gets sedated before she does anything bad. She awakens days later with Gale by her side and learns her family is safe but that District 12 has been destroyed and that she is on her way to the apparently destroyed and forgotten District 13 which is where Mockingjay Part 1 will kick off.
thoroughly enjoyed this film. Having read the books, I knew what was going to happen and had expectations of how the film should have done it and I was not disappointed. The plot of the book is incredible and works so well and so smoothly with the rest of the trilogy and the thing I love most about the Catching Fire movie is how it sticks to the book and keeps with the plot and doesn't trail off from it. Many movies that adapt from novels don't necessarily stay faithful to the book they come from but I can't say that it's a true fact with Catching Fire. Every little moment, every detail has to be perfect and just right for fans of the trilogy and it really was! I loved seeing my favourite book of all time come to life on the big screen. It was truly fabulous.
The characters for Catching Fire are all complex and they all carry a slight tinge of ambiguity and I think that director Francis Lawrence did a wonderful job of casting as every actor and actress brought strong performances forward which made their characters more realistic, more amazing which brought the enjoyment and awesomeness of the film up because what good would a movie be if the cast don't impress. I think the strongest performances had to come from Lawrence, Hutcherson and Claflin who may be the centre characters but did bring the best performances as well as pride and honour to their roles and I almost forgot that they were merely acting and I started believing the characters were the realities of the people I was watching. The best character was definitely Ceaser Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) who is always funny with his craziness and happiness and he's just awesome and brings one heck of an entertaining role to the franchise. 
J-Law is a star. She is one of my favourite actresses and I think she is incredibly talented and I always love her films and Catching Fire was no different. She brought an utterly compelling and truly beautiful performance as she played Katniss Everdeen and she made her character so real because she connects with her and she brings every detail and everything amazing about Katniss to life and I don't think anyone can replace her as the face of the trilogy. She's truly amazing and the other week I talked to her about the film and about her acting career and you can check it out at: http://www.oasisawais.com/2013/11/jennifer-lawrence-interview-catching.html
In closing, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a faithful film adaptation to a great book that is superbly written, incredible performed, and brilliantly directed to create what will probably be one of the best films of the year. The action and suspense will have you on the edge of your seat throughout the film and will keep those who haven't read the book intrigued and interested as well as those of you that have read the books. This film is about two-and-a-half hours long but the pacing matches that of the book so that when it's over you'll feel like it has been much shorter. It never drags on but is always on the move to something more exciting than the one before. This film will stay with you for years to come and will make you think a little more about what direction our society is going in and it will keep everyone of every age wanting more. It's definitely an amazing film and one that was worth the wait! I definitely suggest that you should see this film whenever you get a chance because you won't be disappointed. A massive round of applause goes to Francis Lawrence for directing and releasing such an utterly compelling piece of film! It's spectacular in every way possible. 
Catching Fire is a brilliantly spectacular film like no other.
I give this film 5/5 hands down, no questions asked because it definitely deserves it a lot. BRING ON MOCKINGJAY PART 1! 

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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  1. Laura says:

    Love this! <3