WARNING: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS, SO IF YOU DON'T WANT THE SPOILERS, STOP READING NOW!
There are very few movies where I come out of the theater going, "Wow that was Amazing, Good, Awesome, Fun, etc." Catching Fire just happened to be one of these films.In the books Catching Fire is my favorite with Hunger Games close behind it. The movies are like this too. Last night I saw a double feature of the Hunger Games films and was so happy with Catching Fire. They pretty much stuck to the book about 90 to 95%. The casting is amazing for the new characters such as Finnick (Sam Claflin), Johanna (Jena Malone), and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) got my attention. At first I wasn't so sure about Jena Malone portraying Johanna, but the one scene in the elevator where she strips in front of Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch was so good and her "I hate the Capital" attitude was portrayed excellently.
The only problem is that there aren't that many (maybe two or three) scenes that weren't in the movie that were in the book. One of these is when during training, Finnick stands really close behind Katniss and makes her feel uncomfortable (I saw the picture in an Entertainment Weekly magazine). Another thing is that in the book, Heavensbee shows Katniss the watch which is a key thing that not only is he with the rebels but it gives a hint as to what the arena is going to be. That was one of my favorite parts in the book.
One thing I did like that wasn't in the book was that fact that President Snow is a grandfather to a little girl who looks up to Katniss, wearing her hair in a braid and wanting to be in love like Katniss is with Peeta. A second thing was that on the Victors Tour, in the movie, one little girl who escorts Katniss and Peeta to the stage tells Katniss she is going to volunteer as tribute one day. That was just so cool how they added that into the movie.
Overall it was another successful Hunger Games movie. Catching Fire is flat out amazing and some advice, see it in IMAX. I saw the double feature in IMAX and it's totally worth it!