Of course, most of us knew this already, but it’s nice to have The New York Times confirm it: the movie adaptation of Catching Fire, with its massive success at the box office and undeniable cultural resonance, is one of the 10 most influential films of the decade.
According to the Times in their “Decade in Culture” series:
The second installment in the franchise based on Suzanne Collins’s Y.A. series cemented Jennifer Lawrence’s status as a global movie star and — with “Frozen,” another of that year’s hits — reconfirmed the power of women at the box office. “Catching Fire” also became the first female-led movie to top the yearly domestic box office in a very, very long time. Popular with boys as well as girls, Katniss Everdeen was a new kind of pop-culture archetype, a rebel and a warrior rather than a princess.
It’s great to see what many of us consider the best movie in the Hunger Games series get such important recognition even so many years after the series is over! What do you think of this news? Would you put Catching Fire or any of the other Hunger Games movies on your own best-of-the-decade list? Tell us in a comment.