Movie Review: Hunger Games: Catching Fire Presents a Passive Saviour in Katniss

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a sci-fi/adventure film based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name. The second installment in the Hunger Games film series, the sequel continues the adventures of Katniss Everdeen and her faux-beau Peeta.

The movie features an ensemble cast with Jennifer Lawrence returning as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, and Paula Malcomson all reprising their roles. New characters are also introduced played by the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Lynn Cohen, Jena Malone, Amanda Plummer, Alan Ritchson, and Meta Golding.

Plot: The 74th Hunger games are over, Katniss and Peeta are preparing for a victory tour of the entire country, everything seems OK, blah blah blah.

I’m not going to go into major details about the movie cos I expect you’ll see them unfold when you watch it, what I would like to focus on is the theme behind the movie. Hunger Games falls into a certain class of movies (that are becoming quite popular in recent days) which focus on socio-cultural/economic issues all mixed into a tale of heroism.

It follows the recent massive craving of the movie world for heroes on the big screen, so while the comic book guys focus on the incredible, this genre is taking a big shot at creating modern day ‘Saviours’ on the screen. Did the film succeed in this respect? Well duh! Katniss is really evolving as an individual thrown into a pair of shoes shes not sure how to wear, and even though the character is somewhat passive-aggressive, she pours out a more enduring portion of herself into this installment of the series.

Its a much more thrilling movie compared to its predecessor; Catching Fire is an upgrade in just about every department.

The script was deeper & characters more mature….

Directing was way better, more focused and there were less unnecessary scenes.…

COSTUMES!!! Oh my, the costumes were outta this world! I mean that literally. You can see the great effort that was put into ensuring everyone looked in place…. Even the ‘weirdos’…. Katniss’ dresses……. *beautiful*

A review of Catching fire would be incomplete without a mention of the makeup! Just one name …. Effie Trinket played by Elizabeth Banks. Lady Gaga just got dethroned y’all.

The graphics this time was much more like it, giving the movie a more realistic look.

Acting was stepped up as well… maybe Hutcherson could have done better, but he certainly gave a better performance than the last time out. The addition of Philip Seymour Hoffman as an ambiguously-motivated games designer was pure class, Woody Harrelson killed it as boozy past winner Haymitch (again), and Jennifer Lawrence keeps proving she can actually act, unlike some people I know.

Maybe it has to do with a better budget this time around, or the pressure to offer a better movie after all the buzz & kill the first installment generated but minus the overstretched nature of the script and a few deviations from the book, Catching fire was a well rounded movie. The audience couldn’t have asked for much more, with the final twist setting up a possibly even better sequel to be titled’ Mockingjay’, out in cinemas November 2014.

Take some time to watch this and let us know what you think in the comments.


Don Diei

Twitter: @D_vizaRD_Of_Oz 

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