The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), Dir. Francis Lawrence

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), Dir. Francis Lawrence
Remember who the true enemy is, Katniss.
— Finnick, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Power. Regime. Oppression. Fear. Propaganda. Conformity. Panem.

Hope. Rebellion. Mockingjay.


CATCHING FIRE is what it states, the beginning of something. The kindling has been set awaiting the spark. The friction in the air is about to ignite the fire of the people. Katniss Everdeen, the spark of the rebellion is not the leader but a symptom of a time to act. She is an unknowing agent for the freedom of her people. She is an unknowing agent who is only doing this for her own personal people, her own personal family. She is not the leader, but a tool in a greater scheme. She is simply the spark of hope her kindling need.

YOU FOCUS differently when viewing a film in only light & shadow. The themes become slightly bigger, the depth of field enlarges as the tones contrast against each other. Faces are lit and carry focus in a scene as other elements fall away into patterns rather than elements. Katniss's plight is on her face.

THE ALLIANCE really stood out this time viewing this incredible film. Johanna & Finnick feel more integral to the story. Their intensity is grander than I remember. These people are here and only here to make sure that the spark of the rebellion can continue long after the games. This intensity makes you realise that they have already sacrificed their lives for hope—for their hope in the Mockingjay.

THE BOND between Katniss & Peeta is so impactful this time around. Refocussing my attention to the faces and characters instead of the world surrounding them made me appreciate the character's relationships. They have gone through so much, they have saved each other over and over without any expectation of it ever being returned. The things that they have shared and the horrors they have seen can only be understood by each other. The second they enter the arena their pretending stops and their real respect and connection dear I say, sparks. 

KATNISS EVERDEEN is a singleminded protagonist, because of this she misses a great deal of what is happening around her. This makes for some real impressive storytelling. The slight interactional differences with the people around her speaks volumes as we only realise their workings behind the scenes in the final moments of this film. The film that sparks the final chapter of Panem—the film that Katniss is more than she thinks.