The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
The Hunger Games Catching Fire is the second offering from the popular Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. In this film, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in the crosshairs of the Capital when her winning of the last Hunger Games appears to be setting a revolution in motion.
I really enjoyed this movie from start to finish. I brushed up on the first Hunger Games prior to seeing Catching Fire and while I thought the first one was a pretty good movie, this one was much better. Not having read the books, I felt a little lost on how things got so horrible in their futuristic world in the first one. With Catching Fire, the story gets deeper into how society became such a horrible place to be and in turn I felt more connected to the characters. I really didn't want the movie to end and now I can't wait for the next one.
The acting in Catching Fire was very good across the board, but Stanley Tucci (Julie & Julia) and Elizabeth Banks (The 40 Year Old Virgin) were remarkable. I've always been a fan of Stanley Tucci, he's a great character actor and never fails to deliver a great performance. On the other hand, I wasn't a big fan of Elizabeth Banks until this movie. I've always thought she was an okay actress, but this movie shows off how talented she really is and I'm convinced.
If you're a fan of the books or the movies, I predict you'll enjoy this film quite a bit. In comparison to the first Hunger Games, I say this one has a better story and better acting and along with good cinematography, very good special effects, great costumes, plenty of action, good comic relief and scenes that will nearly bring you to tears, Catching Fire is a must see.
Make sure you see the first Hunger Games before you see this one or you will be lost. The screening I attended was not in 3D and I enjoyed it fine. Although, if I do see this one again, I'll probably check it out in 3D.
My grade for this film: A
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