The highly anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” comes to theaters on Nov. 22 and I am excited. Actually, I am beyond excited.
I never planned to get sucked into the pandemonium that surrounded "The Hunger Games” series. But once all my friends started talking about it, I decided to cave and read the book series. I was quickly consumed with the story line and even found myself visualizing myself in the arena. Katniss and Peeta became everyday conversation topics and I started referencing the book at family dinners. After finishing the first book, I went straight into “Catching Fire.” I stayed up into the early morning hours to finish the second installment of the series. After I closed the back cover, all that I could think was, "I am so ready for this movie to come out."
Now that November is finally here, I can count down the days until I am sitting in the theater, letting the wonder of “Catching Fire” wash over me.
These are the top five things I am looking forward to seeing in the sequel.
The arena in the first movie was awesome, but “Catching Fire”’s arena will be outrageous. This time around, Katniss finds herself on a circular island in the midst of a constant stream of danger, such as a rain shower of blood and lightning striking every hour. The scenes from the book give the movie sequel the chance to have a breakthrough cinematic moment with its visuals.
The sequel’s plot revolves around these crucial characters, who all range in age and skill and provide a chance for newcomers to take to the big screen. With an arena filled with victors — who are all skilled in survival and know what it takes to kill — Katniss and Peeta will have to prove they have what it takes to defeat some of their own. I am most excited to see the portrayal of athletic District 4 victor Finnick Odair and the elderly Mags.
The victor’s weapons
Each district has a specific weapon that its people use well. We’ve already seen Katniss shoot a bow and arrow and Peeta camouflage himself. In “Catching Fire,” we should be prepared to see tridents, electrical wire and other new weapons in the arena.
Katniss, the Girl on Fire, received her title for her extraordinary costumes and independent personality. In “Catching Fire” I hope to see more bright colors and avant garde styles, especially when it comes to Katniss’ wedding dress.