Those doubts proved to be unfounded.
Very rarely does a book turned movie capture the depth of character that the Catching Fire movie does. The admiration and confusion and fear and desperation of the movie's protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is beautifully portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence. Woody Harrelson follows up his splendid performance as Haymitch in The Hunger Games with an even better performance. The young ladies in the audience, I'm certain, were even more captivated by the handsome Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, who played Katniss's competing lovers Peeta and Gale. And Lenny Kravitz as Cinna is perfect.
The new characters also left their mark, most notably Sam Claflin as Finnick and Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, capable of making quite a stir in any elevator she rides. And of course, movies need their villains and Donald Sutherland as President Snow and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the new game maker Plutarch Heavensbee are about as hateable as characters can be.
The brilliance of this movie is especially present in the portrayal of the rising tension that is sweeping through the districts of Panem. In fact, the main weakness in the movie is that the games themselves are somewhat anti-climactic.
I'll be honest. Most movie reviews are pretentious and corny. This one is no exception.
Just go see the freaking movie. It's awesome.