Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire Review
Hey there folks. We’re back and mixing it up a little. Last time I decided to review an album, and today I’ve got a movie review hot off the presses. For those of you that didn’t see the first Hunger Games movie, check out this YouTube summary that does a good job:
Now that youre all caught up I’ll try to give a review with as few spoilers as possible. Right off the bat, this movie is a chick flick in my head, simply due to the fact that the main character is a girl. I know that’s incredible misogynistic, but I can’t imagine getting a group of my guy friends to go see it. That being said, I went with my girlfriend, who has read the books and acts as a great guide when I get lost or don’t notice a subtle plot point. The movie picks up shortly where the first left off, with Katniss back in her district, which is still doing poorly considering she won the Games. She and Peeta have to fake their relationship to inspire the world, but Katniss actually loves Gale. The big problem is that Katniss’ performance in the Hunger Games accidentally inspires a revolution, and the people of the districts look to her as a symbol of hope. The President doesn’t like the thought of a second rebellion, so he inserts a twist into the 75th annual games. Because every a change to the rules is allowed every 25 years, he decides so send back all the old winners, who are supposed to be safe, as a “Hunger All Stars Games” in hopes of killing Katniss and squashing the rebellion. Thats as far as I can go without blowing the rest of the film.
Peaks: I hate Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss). I also hate Woody Harrelson (Haymitch). That being said I think they’re both perfectly cast for their roles. The underlying themes are obvious to anyone over 15, and make the movie a lot more than a fluff piece. Ancillary roles from Jeffery Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Elizabeth Banks are all strong. The budget was obviously bigger for the second film, which was apparent by the bigger, better special effects.
Pits: The beginning half drags a bit. As a guy I was there for the action, which obviously picks up once the Hunger Games start. I understand the love story and the revolution are all interesting, but I was more interested in a Lord of the Flies on steroids. My biggest bone to pick, and this IS NOT a spoiler, is that the film ends on a to be continued cliff hanger instead of wrapping the film up, because there is a 3rd book and obviously a 3rd movie. At least the first film stood on its own.