Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
I love the Hunger Games books, and I’ve read each of them several times, and Catching Fire is by far my favourite. So safe to say expectations were high…
Let me start of by saying that this is a huge step up from the first one. Which makes sense, because the whole story has just far more to it. The original concept was cool, but it wasn’t fleshed out enough. In Catching Fire, they bring it out of its shell so much more than before and a lot of times, it’s hard to tell its a sequel. The back story of the districts and difference to the capital is just far better.
You can feel the rebellion as the movie goes on, the slight tremors here and there. Which is down to director Francis Lawrence, who has made the film very smooth. Also, it’s very smart and slickly edited, like the first, but like I said earlier, just a step up.
Similarly to the first one, the actual games isn’t the main stage of the film. Which is good, because it almost comes out of nowhere and fills you with excitement thank to the catchy action segments. However, most of it is pretty generic and boring; and the highlight is everything before the games. Not to say it isn’t exhilarating for a while.
The screenplay for me was very hit and miss. For the most part, it was solid and built with enough meaning that it made sense. However there’s writing that just falls flat and comes across very out of place. Also, I think that the writers don’t like Josh Hutcherson and deal him with the worst lines known to man, and make him so un-like-able.
As far as acting goes; Jennifer Lawrence is excellent of course and has so much strength in the lead role. Like I said, I don’t like Josh Hutcherson in this movie, he’s just so empty and un-like-able. Who I did love was Philip Seymour Hoffman, as a great character Plutarch Heavensbee, as he’s the most interesting and coolest guy on earth. Everyone else from the original cast is also very solid and Stanley Tucci is his small role is just good fun to watch. Oh, and Finnick is my favourite character in a book from like anything, so Sam Claflin could do no wrong in the role.
If you put away the inconsistent writing, this movie is very entertaining. And will drive fans crazy (in a good way) which I think is the whole point. Be entertaining for the majority and bring the source material to light for the fans. That happens in the final act, as if you haven’t read the books, you’ll be like ‘What the flying cats is going on?!’.
Despite the odd writing error and games boredom, this is more interesting and expansive than the first, whilst still staying entertaining. – 4/5
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