The Hunger Games Catching Fire movie review – Once in a blue moon a movie comes along invoking a lot of mixed emotions within moviegoers. So much in fact, that some will refuse to watch it. But what constitute a well balance movie that everyone can enjoy without the feeling of being put into a category? ‘Teeny-bob’, ‘Twihards’ and ‘Horrorphiles’ this are just examples of labels you could be categorized in for liking a specific film or genre. Or you could be the person who looks down upon this people.
One thing is for sure, The original Hunger Games seem to have broken the cliche and for the most part, everyone seemed loved the film.
With the second installment right under our nose, a question arises… Is ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ as good as the first? Well, I am happy to announce that Yes, yes it is!!!… To be quite honest, I personally think that ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ surpasses it’s prequel.
In the thrilling sequel THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, Katniss Everdeen and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark have barely returned home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games when they are whisked away once again by the Capitol. Forced to leave her family and best friend Gale, Katniss is dispatched on a victory tour of Panem with Peeta, where rebellion is seething in all 12 districts. The Capitol is enraged and ready to strike back… as President Snow prepares the most diabolical edition of the Hunger Games yet.
One can not argue that this will be this year blockbuster film, and it will give The Hobbit a run for it’s money. The emotional connection that we feel with Katniss and Peeta is almost unreal. The chemistry that Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson display on screen can put any relationship to shame. We have felt their struggles and challenges from the very beginning and we continue to do this on this installment. Lets not forget that Gale is still on the picture. We tend to forget that Katniss is also in love with this guy. The love triangle is still very strong, though Gale seems to be falling in the ‘Friend Zone’.
But that’s not all, this film also carries a moral story; that one person can make a difference in the world… or at least in a District. Katniss is starting to feel the world on her shoulder and the pressure of being an ‘Icon of Hope’ to the rebelion it’s taking its toll. Furthermore, Katniss hasn’t shaken off the previous year’s Hunger Games. This is pretty obvious early on. An arrow that is intended for a turkey finds its way to something else. The writing’s on the wall, sort of speak, ‘The Odds Are Never In Our Favor’ can be read on walls from district to district as Katniss and Peeta make their way around Panem.
We can say that everyone in this film did an outstanding job, and they truly did. Elizabeth Banks as ‘Effie’ and Woody Harrelson as ‘Haymitch’ were amazing. This is in addition to Jennifer Lawrance, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and the introduction of Jena Malone as ‘Johanna’ and Phillip Saymore Hoffman as ‘Plutrach’. The star power is one of the reasons why this movie will be a success… but is not the only reason.
The achievement of the love story and an action pack film is very hard to acquire; Yet, The Hunger Games has the formula down to a science. The mixture of this two elements it’s what separate this film from others like it. The story in Catching Fire is more mature than the previous one and the human struggle against a government / regime is very real. Alas V for Vendetta.
I could go on and on about how good The Hunger Game: Catching Fire is but it’s better if you experience this for yourself. Do your self a favor and go see this film but not before watching the first Hunger Games. You will be lost. May the odds be ever in your favor.