Published on November 25th, 2013 | by Jamie Powis0
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a complicated recipe – take Twilight, add the violent Japanese horror Battle Royale, mix with the reality TV based Running Man and sprinkle a pinch of George Orwell in for good measure.
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who is a champion, celebrity and role model in a dystopian future. Every year, a barbaric game where teenagers battle to the death called, The Hunger Games acts as a reminder to the population that the capitol holds all the power. Unfortunately, Katniss’s clever rule bending victory has turned her into a symbol of revolution.
Forced on a Victory Tour, with her co-winner Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) trying to sell the lie (I’m not sure it’s a lie really) created in The Games that the two are madly in love. Kantiss finds herself forced, once more, as part of the special “Quarter Quell”, to compete in 75th annual Hunger Games against 23 other winners.
It’s hard not to notice that the second film in the series is remarkably similar to the first. Emotional bit, training and then The Games. With this, much like the first film, it really only gets going when Katniss enters the arena.
Visually stunning in IMAX, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s arena scenes are the most exciting. The film throws you from one set piece to the next. There’s a very real feeling of peril too with all the main characters in jeopardy.
Jennifer Lawrence is great. She’s a fantastic actress and on the list (you know the list I’m talking about).
The Twilight influence obviously means there’s going to be a love triangle. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) who survived the first games with Katniss and old friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) both are objects of her affection. Unfortunately, I always seem to back the one who doesn’t get the girl (I’ve not read the books so I have no idea what happens). #TeamPeeta. There’s not time to explore this side of the story – the Hunger Games isn’t about love.
One thing that annoyed me about this film was the ending. It felt really abrupt. Adding a few more minutes at the end would have made me a little happier.
People will always compare this film to those that have come before it – Battle Royale, Twilight and Running Man. Don’t let this stop you going to see it though. Jennifer Lawrence is a strong female lead in a massively entertaining film which looks at issues of class and governmental control.
Summary: Similar to the first with an abrupt ending but overall an exciting film with a great performance from Jennifer Lawrence.