Catching Fire Review

by Shelby Campbell, Staff Writer

Movie adaptations of books have become very popular in the last decade, especially in the young adult genre, the latest of which being the second movie adaptation of the widely popular book series The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire did wonders in the box office, as expected. Millions of teens across the globe rushed to the theater see the second movie and fall in love once again with the characters from the first movie. Along the way, became acquainted with the many new characters introduced throughout the movie.

Upon finding out that this movie would not be directed by the same person, I myself became rather worried about how the sequel to the first movie would pan out. Gary Ross did a wonderful job with the first movie, pleasing the fans to a tee. So when the news was released that Francis Lawrence would be the director of the second, my expectations went down.

Fortunately, Francis Lawrence’s work blew me away. Catching Fire was exactly what it needed to be. He did a wonderful job of incorporating all the important points of the novel. Moreover, Lawrence did so without taking away from the experience of those who haven’t read the books, something Ross failed to do with the first. For example, in the first movie, there were many questions of what the three-fingered signal actually meant, as those who had not read the books had not received the same explanation. But in the second movie, there were no such questions as everything was either explained or easily understandable for those who only saw the movie. The only point of contention so far was the ending of the movie. For those who have not read the books did not understand why the movie ended where it did. But, once explained that it was the exact ending from the book, they did grasp the concept and are ready to see the following movie. In general, the movie was as accurate of a representation of the book as it possibly could be; it could not have been done any other way.

As for the acting and casting of the movie, that too was very well done, as everyone from the previous movie had been kept. Fan favorites like Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), and Liam Hemsworth (Gale) were even met by some newer and just as dashing characters such as Finnick Odair, played by Sam Claflin. The chemistry between all the characters was outstanding and truly engaging.

Miley Cyrus vs Justin Bieber

Shelby Campbell, Staff Writer

The year is 2013. The curtain is opening and out emerges a thin young woman with short pigtails and a fuzzy leotard. She struts across the stage as giant stuffed bears prance around her and thus the performance begins…

 

“We can’t stop, we won’t stop,” sings 20 year-old Miley Cyrus. And not stopping is exactly right. The ex-Hannah Montana star has made her point by far, first with the new cropped hair and later with a brand-new stage persona. But, how different is she really?

Isn’t the well-known Justin Bieber on almost the same exact page?

 

At first glance, Bieber seems to have nothing against Cyrus. He has recently found himself out as the limelight just as Cyrus made her way back in. But, as you look deeper, it’s difficult to gainsay that Bieber’s wrong-doings are just as bad as those of Miley Cyrus.

 

Cyrus began as a young thirteen year-old girl who loved to sing and act. But, as time progressed, she began the experimentation of a teenager; her very first slip up being the Teen Choice awards of 2009. She terrified tons of her fans with her somewhat racy performance of “Party in the USA” that year, and this became the event that changed the way people viewed her. More time progresses and Cyrus takes another risk with drug use and once again changes the way American minds viewed her. Eventually, Cyrus fell off. She had a period of time in which she was not heard from. That is, until the release of her hit single “We Can’t Stop”. This was the game changer. From that moment on, the world saw Miley Cyrus in a different way, a different light. She still continues to surprise the world, much like she did with her 2013 VMA performance with Robin Thicke and her break up with Liam Hemsworth.  Not to mention, the controversial music video for her second single, “Wrecking Ball” awed audiences all over the world. There is no telling when Cyrus will finally stop, and it does not appear to be coming anytime soon.

 

Justin Bieber’s story is not much different in how people have changed their minds about him. In fact, they are almost the same. When the world came to know the young and talented Justin Bieber, he was a humble 15 year-old boy with a strong passion and love for the stage. It came naturally to him, and, although many may deny it, it is something all came to admire. “I’m just a kid from a small town in Canada,” Bieber quotes in various interviews. And that was true, at the time. He was still a silly child who loved to sing and dance and just have fun; there wasn’t much more to it than that. But then the fame got to his head, he became something he’d sworn would never occur. And then he started using himself to the world fame and fortune. Most of the trouble began with the long-term relationship with Disney star Selena Gomez. Gomez did not in anyway corrupt Bieber, but he did seem to lose the humble persona he had worked so hard to create. Beginning with the renting-out of the Staple Center for a date for two, Bieber fell seemingly head-over-heels in love with his girlfriend as well as with the power of his ego. In 2012, he received a Fisker Karma, a $100,000+ car for his eighteenth birthday, and had it chromed. The chroming of his car proves pointless because it is next to illegal to drive a car that can reflect that much light in day. In addition to his irrational purchases, Bieber’s personality has gone from a sweet and talented teen to an egotistical and irrational juvenile. In January of 2013, Bieber was caught in drug use, in July of the same year he allegedly spit on a fan, and in the past month released the song “Lolly” with Maejor Ali and Juicy J., a song that does not appropriately fit the age group of his fans. As his irrational choices continue to pile up, so does the proof and thus, his following dwindles.

 

So, why does Miley Cyrus receive more ridicule for what she does than Justin Bieber? The answer is simple and all the same unfortunate. This is largely in part to gender roles in our society.  Cyrus is female as Bieber is respectively male, therefore, it is easier for him to get away with his actions. That is not to say that Bieber gets away scott-free, but it will be eaiser for him to escape with praise from his fellow males as poor Cyrus is forced to deal with the constant hatred from teens and adults alike across America.