By Sarah Frick, Treasurer

Catching Fire Movie Poster (Photo courtesy of Google Images)

Catching Fire Movie Poster (Photo courtesy of Google Images)

The Hunger Games  is a pretty big deal in my house. We have all read the books and we have all seen the movies. There is however, nobody who has fan-girled more about the series then my father. In his defense he isn’t freaking out about Liam Hemsworth’s hair, or Josh Hutcherson’s depressing ‘Here’s some bread because you’re starving and I love you even though you kind of don’t love me’ act. No, he has dissected the Hunger Games to the point where for me it is no longer a movie franchise but is now a commentary on society as a whole.

        First and foremost though, the newest installation to the series Catching Fire, is fantastic. There’s dry humor, there’s emotional scenes, there’s action, and there’s rebellion. The only tiny little problem is the speed storyline.  Essentially, the movie starts almost exactly where the first one ended. The movie starts with Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta’s (played by Josh Hutcherson) tour of Panem to thank the Districts for their support and to memorialize the 22 boys and girls who did not survive the games. After the two return from the tumultuous Victory Tour, it is clear that Katniss’s honey badger ways have infected the rest of the districts. With the country on the verge of complete revolt, President Snow, Panem’s “supreme” leader, throws 24 of the past winners of the games back into an all-new arena. Basically it’s the all-star edition of the normal Hunger Games. There’s a lot to fit into the movie.  Following the story line without having your brain explode is a bit difficult. If you have never read the books or seen the movie, I recommend a quick crash course with the nearest fan you can find. Ask them about it and you will learn everything in ten minutes tops.

        You may not be convinced yet. Which is fine because neither was my dad till he picked up the first book. The Hunger Games is more than just some sort of young adult sci-fi book to movie franchise. It really makes you think. The whole premise is about how an entire country never did anything about their government taking two children away from each district, forcing them into an unfamiliar place and making them fight to the death.  Even more significant than the government with too much power however, is the society part of Panem. As a society, Panem is all about the fitting in. People who live closest to the government, in the capitol, are fixated on appearance despite how ridiculous they appear to the rest of Panem. Not only that, but every year people not only allow the Games to occur, they watch it. They watch as people are put under a microscope only to eventually get brutally murdered by another contestant. Imagine if our society tuned in every week to watch a bunch of strangers who live together in a house, talk behind each others backs, sometimes throw punches, drink strange concoctions that slur their speech, and cry at least twice a season. Oh whoops, I just described every reality show ever.