Catching Fire: Is it worth your time?


You decide which is your favorite, Catching Fire or Hunger Games.

The sequel to the world famous film The Hunger Games made its debut on November 22, 2013. Catching Fire grossed $146.6 million in 63 territories, which put its global opening weekend gross at $307.7 in 65 territories. That’s 45% better than the $211.8 million worldwide that The Hunger Games grossed in its opening weekend.

It seems like people all over the world were anxious to see this movie, but was it as good as everyone thought it to be?

I am a HUGE Hunger Games fan and I couldn’t wait to see the movie. Although I didn’t attend the midnight showing I was still went to see if four days later. Even four days after its initial release, the theatre was sold out in a matter of seconds.

People from all over the Westside had shown up showing off their Hunger Games attire. If this many people were going to show up on a Tuesday night then I knew I was in for a treat.

I’m not going to spoil the movie for anyone that hasn’t seen it but, I thought the movie was amazing! All two hours and 25 minutes of it; it didn’t even seem as long as it should have been. I could have stayed in that seat for another two hours just watching the intense drama unveil. The director timed the suspense at the perfect moments, every time there would be a quiet moment, something would happen that would make everyone jump from their seats.

The only thing I will say that I didn’t enjoy was the ending – talk about a cliff hanger! It forces me to see the third one now (even though I was already planning on seeing it). Although the movie wasn’t as good as the first one, I still enjoyed seeing it. Something that might help with your decision to see the movie, Thad from Blue Mountain State is in it. If that doesn’t make you want to go see it then I don’t know what will.

I know that I’m not the only Hunger Games fan at Elder so I asked some of the guys I went to see the movie with what they thought. The only person I know that loves Hunger Games more than me is Tim Diener. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a Hunger Games shirt hidden in his closet somewhere.

Was the movie as good as you thought it could have been? No, even though I loved it, I feel like they could have done a little bit more to make it that much better. I feel like they ended it too quickly and like you said; I could have sat there even longer to watch more of it.

Out of the two movies, which one is your favorite? I think Catching Fire would have to be my favorite because I knew more about the characters and it had a lot more suspense. I honestly can’t wait for Mockingjay to come out.

Although Tim enjoyed the movie just as much as I did, senior Chris Hall didn’t have as good of a time as the rest of us. I caught him falling asleep five different times during the movie.

What made you fall asleep during the movie? Is it because you didn’t like the movie? Honestly I thought the movie was fine, it’s just that night I was super tired and it wasn’t good that I was in a dark movie theatre. I agree with what you and Tim both said about the movie, I thought the suspense was awesome, but the ending made me so mad. After the movie was over I got up and walked out because I was upset. Talk about a cliffhanger of an ending.

Well there you have it Panthers; for the most part the movie was a hit, but we can all agree that the ending made us all a little upset. I think we can all give a huge thank you to Suzanne Collins for writing this wonderful series and then finally allowing Hollywood to produce movies out of them. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see the newest addition to the Hunger Games series I highly recommend it, especially on five dollar Tuesday at the Rave in Dent.