Alright, so it’s round two for The Hunger Games movies. Not thinking I’d like it, I watched the first one very skeptically (finding myself a good movie), and now I’ve had a chance to see this one, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, a 2013 science fiction adventure film.
Having volunteered and survived the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has sparked rebellions throughout the districts after going against Hunger Games tradition, and ensuring the safety of Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), who also survived, thanks to her. Katniss now faces an intense pressure from President Snow, who wants her to convince the other districts that she did what she did because of her love for Peeta, rather than rebelling against the capital. President Snow later reveals a special Hunger Games, where previous victors would be selected to compete. This comes as some harsh news to Katniss, who despises what she had to do in order to survive her first time around. Once again, Katniss and Peeta will face the difficulty of survival in the Hunger Games.
Evaluation: An advantage that I have with watching these movies, is that I haven’t read the books. Therefor, I can in no way be disappointed by any information or events that are left out. It’s all about the movie itself for this evaluation.
Once again (as with the first film), we have an excellent cast which also includes, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (recently deceased) among many other familiar faces. These actors know how to “bring it on” when it comes to acting, and went above and beyond for The Hunger Games. (I believe this is only the second movie I have seen Hoffman in, but he was a great actor who contributed to our entertainment)
For me, someone who didn’t already know what was going to happen, the ending came as not only a shock, but a very abrupt one at that. I didn’t realize the movie was going to end when it did. This caught be off guard, and I really don’t know how that makes me feel. I like experiencing something different, but I remember throwing my hands up and saying, “really”.
This second addition has a new feel to it, helping us experience the changes brought about by the last Hunger Games. I like the dark, horrid moods that this film expresses. If you aren’t feeling anything when watching a movie, then it has failed to entertain you. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” entertains quite well in my opinion. The only thing that gets under my skin about the film is the controlled environment for the Hunger Games. We know that the dome is being controlled, but I despise this aspect of the plot because it’s cheating and takes away from the games legitimacy. This isn’t a new concept, because we saw it in the first film, but it’s just something that I don’t like about the movies. It reminds me of “The Cabin in the Woods” where a controlled environment was actually really cool and creative, but when you’re having several people compete against each other for survival, I’d rather see it play out naturally. That’s just me though! I’m weird, I know.
Total Abstract Rating: 90% The film knows how to entertain us. What more can we ask for? (Assuming you aren’t comparing it to the book)