The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second installation to the Hunger Game Series that follows Katniss Everdeen [Jennifer Lawrence] and the aftermath of winning the 74th Hunger Games with her friend Peeta Mellark [Josh Hutcherson]. The movie is very emotional and draws you into the deeper part of the themes as you explore the cracking of the established world and the rise of the people.
|Is this a phoenix reference or what??|
Overall a fantastic movie, I was gripped ever since Katniss paid tribute to her fallen friend Rue that sparked an uprising in the square. The acting, scripting and story was considerably good. There were some things that didn't seem to make much sense, but we will get to that soon.
|That black guy is the first normal looking guy in the film...|
The beauty of the build up starts when Katniss and Peeta go on their Victory Tour where they accidentally spark an uprising in various districts. Even though they are told to smile like everything is grand, they both have a hard time faking their story and pretend like nothing was happening while innocent people are beaten and dragged in front of them. Another thing I like to point out is the excellent build of a deepening friendship between Katniss and Peeta as they are forced to convince the people of their love and protect each other in the arena. However that is the least of their problems, its the Capitol that wants their heads, or more precisely, Katniss's head to squash a potential revolution. Lots of people die in this movie and it makes the stakes all the more convincing for a desperate Katniss trying to hold it together.
|This is her face about 45% of this movie....|
The acting was overall superb from everyone. I would like to talk specifically about Jennifer Lawrence, however, who impressed me with her acting skills. I was thoroughly convinced on how traumatized she was when she kept losing people moments before important events. It was clear Snow was attempting to take everything and everyone important away from her so he could shake her confidence in hopes she would just want to die or slip up in her turmoil. One could tell regardless of her silent demeanor, she was mentally destroyed in every way possible in this movie. However I must say, she was supported by an excellent cast of very interesting characters that help her along the way.
|I love you, but you are going to die soon. Oops, did I spoil it?|
|Screw you Hollywood and your abrupt endings!|
Now, considering that they have this horrible new fad of splitting the last books into 2 parts, it is going to be much worse. We will not get to know what happens to Katniss until November of next year and finish up the year after. So that means we just got to read the books to find out how it ends. Something I was trying not to do because I know how I get when I read the book before the movie. Expect a very different kind of review for "Mocking Jay" next time.
With all films, there are always flaws. There were a few gripes I had during the movie...
2. The first time Katniss shot an arrow at the sky, it was from the top of a tree. So it was believable that it could possibly *strike* the dome. The second time she shot an arrow into the sky, it was from the ground. There is no effing way the arrow could have reached the ceiling and caused dome destruction and a power outage. That seems like a really ridiculous flaw to overlook on the Capitol's part. And how did the game maker know to rush in with the medivac right then and there? How did they pick up Beetee in the process? It looked like they only ran away with Katniss.
3. Where the hell did genius get the wire? He just brought wire on this trip? that was his weapon of choice? He was carrying that wire this entire time?
4. So Peeta just gets a little shock from the force field and it causes his heart to stop. Katniss shoots an arrow and gets LIGHTENING STRUCK and she doesn't die? How is this possible?
5. What was going on with that ending again? Slightly anti-climatic to find out it was all in the plans even though there wasn't much of a hint about it.
|Get ready for the mockingjay to break free...and split into two films. *Sigh*|
DnD's Movie Rating: 9/1O