If you’ve either read the books or watched the film, then you’ll relate when I say that there were several ‘very memorable’ Hunger Games Catching Fire Cast members in the latest of The Hunger Games films.
You could almost say that many of the characters in the last film all had outstanding performances as the film was leaps and bounds better than the first of the series, The Hunger Games. But if we had to choose the top 7, these are The Hunger Games Catching Fire cast members that resonated the most with us:
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
Jennifer Lawrence is not on the ‘list’ simply because she is the main protagonist in The Hunger Games trilogy of books and four films. She is on this list because she has become an absolute bad ass since first appearing in the first film, The Hunger Games.
My elementary school daughter left the theater ready to take up her bow and against the evildoers of Panem. Katniss Everdeen’s evolution from The Hunger Games to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been fun to watch. Her mastery of the bow during the simulated training exercise was very cool, and her eye cold stare-down’s with President Snow on numerous occasions gave us a wholly unique look at a leader in the making.
Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
Although Haymitch was one of the more memorable and entertaining characters in the books, he was very ‘not-so-noticeable’ in the first Hunger Games film. He had his moments, but they were few and far between, nothing like it seemed in the book?
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire gave Haymitch a little more screen time (or so it seemed) and the scenes that included Haymitch were are very memorable and many of which very funny.
Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
Cinna, the trusted and easy-to-like stylist was fantastic. Having become a fashion icon in the Capital after Katniss’s success in the first Hunger Games, Cinna took it to a whole other level, helping Katniss defy the ‘wishes’ of President Snow that she wear a ‘wedding dress-styled’ outfit during the opening ceremonies by giving her something a whole lot ominous and very cool!
His seeming demise by the orders of an enraged President Snow was a heart-felt loss.
Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
I doubt anyone, who has seen both Hunger Games films could forget the eccentric and overly excited scenes involving Caesar Flickerman. Every time he took to the stage you could not help but to smile and laugh, despite the dark circumstances surrounding the concept of The Hunger Games. One could only hope that real-life talk show and game hosts use Flickerman’s performance as a bar to strive for. Would certainly make for some very interesting TV eh?
Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
Effie Trinket is annoying. She was ultra annoying in The Hunger Games and was just as annoying in Catching Fire. So why is she on this list? Because in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire you really felt for her and the role she had play.
Her job – to draw the names of tributes from District 12 to participate in each Hunger Games had to be the most gut-wrenching job in all of Panem, and to be able to maintain that cheery and excited disposition throughout took more than we could realize. You ‘felt’ for Effie in Catching Fire, and really began to appreciate the difficult task she had to undertake, escorting and caring for children, as they made their way to the arena and almost certain death.
You deserve a spot on this list, Effie!
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee
Besides the illustrious Donald Sutherland (President Snow), the other seasoned and outstanding actor in the Hunger Games film is Philip Seymour Hoffman. Every role Hoffman has portrayed is amazing to watch. The man is a maestro and when he’s doing his thing on the screen, you just shake your head in awe. The man can act!
As the new Head Gamemaker of The Hunger Games, it was Plutarch’s job to ‘manage’ the games. Be the maestro of death as he and his team sprung trap after trap all designed to kill the Tributes. Hoffman was masterful in his role as essentially the President’s chief ‘death-dealer’, and every scene he was in, either opposite of President Snow or confronting Katniss was fun to watch.
Jeffrey Wright as Beetee
I don’t know if it was just how well Jeffrey Wright nailed that role, or the fact that as a techie myself, I appreciated the character of Beetee, but this guy was one of my surprise favorites in the film. The ‘smart one in the room’ among would-be killers, Beetee with all his intellect and confidence, was the know-it-all who would ultimately save the day (and will continue to do so).
I would also like to give honorable mention to Sam Claflin who played the Tribute Finnick Odair, partner to Mags.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still playing, so get out and find some time to sit back and watch a quality film with a quality cast displaying some high quality performances. You won’t be disappointed.