Posted May 12, 2013 by Matthew Frendo in Movies & TV

10 Things to Look Forward To In the ‘Catching Fire’ Movie

Looking forward to the “Hunger Games” sequel, “Catching Fire?”  So are we!  Here’s 10 things to look for in “Catching Fire.”

Let me start by saying that I never really intended to read, let alone enjoy, the “Hunger Games” trilogy. I saw it as a rip-off of “Battle Royale” (which I read years ago). I watched the movie, and thought it was cool…but it in no way prepared me for how fantastic the books would be. A buddy gave me a copy, so I figured I’d pick it up and give it a try. I am, frankly, blown away. I read the “Hunger Games” and didn’t see so much “Battle Royale,” though I did see the influence of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” in places (without being a copy of the latter short story). Then I read the second, “Catching Fire,” and all preconceptions were shattered completely, as I read it in a matter of days. The only reason it took that long was due to small inconveniences like eating, sleeping and work.

And on of my first thoughts upon reading different sections of “Catching Fire” was, “I can’t wait to see this in the movie.” With that said, here are 10 things I’m looking forward to seeing in “Catching Fire.”

If you have not read the “Catching Fire” book, beware for major spoilers below.


Katniss’ Character Transformation

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One of the best parts of “Catching Fire” is the transformation of lead character Katniss. During the “Hunger Games” she cares more about the survival of herself and her family, with little regard for the others in different districts. In one scene from “Hunger Games,” Peeta tells her something to the effect that he wants to show that the Capital that they can’t change him as a person. Basically, he was saying that he won’t be forced to kill anyone else. She doesn’t get it, thinking only that they won’t live otherwise. In this one, she starts to get it. With the Rue situation, along with seeing how the Capital really operates, as opposed to the propaganda they spread, she starts to care about others beyond her immediate scope. She starts to see a bigger picture than her own existence. I can’t wait to see how Jennifer Lawrence (one of the best actresses in the field) pulls this off.


Haymitch’s Character


Another character we see and learn a lot more about is Haymitch (played by cf haymitchthe always awesome Woody Harrelson). He’s a fall down drunk in the first, and that part doesn’t change a lot. However, we learn why he is that way, what he’s been going through since winning the second Quarter Quell, and that he has more up his sleeve than he’s shown so far…a whole bunch more. This is a character that is full of depth and contradiction, which makes it all that much more interesting. How Woody does this, and how they tell his backstory, should be highly interesting.

Matthew Frendo

Matthew Frendo is an accomplished concert violinist, Hong Kong Kung Fu champion, the creator of World of Warcraft, and a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He’s also a pretty good liar, as only one of the things he listed is true. In reality, he’s a huge geek for television, literature, and film, with bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Media Communications, and a Masters in Motion Picture and Television. His interests include philosophy, martial arts, Zen Buddhism, Ring of Honor, intelligent horror used as a mirror to society’s ills, forgotten pieces of music and art, French Extremity, comedic satire, the lost art form of reading, BBC, Sons of Anarchy, Star Wars, and Planet of the Apes. The only reality TV he watches is Big Brother, a source of both inspiration and shame.