RELEASED 2013 RUNTIME 146 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION FRANCIS LAWRENCE SCREENPLAY SIMON BEAUFOY, MICHAEL DE BRUYN STARRING JENNIFER LAWRENCE, JOSH HUTCHERSON, LIAM HEMSWORTH, WOODY HARRELSON, ELIZABETH BANKS, LENNY KRAVITZ, PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN, JEFFREY WRIGHT, STANLEY TUCCI, DONALD SUTHERLAND MUSIC JAMES NEWTON HOWARD
I liked the first Hunger Games and I was looking forward to part 2 of the franchise.
It is set a few days after the first film and Katniss and Peeta have to deal with the trauma of winning the previous games. They have to go around the country and give speeches, participate in talk shows and just smile into the camera wherever they go.
Just as the first movie I like the anecdotes the movie clearly tells us about our own society and our lust for sensation and idolization, even when it’s something as pervert as children slaughtering each other on TV. We are a sick society and the movie kicks it in your face.
So, how was the movie then? I liked it just as much as the first one, but for different reasons. While I enjoyed the actual games in the first one more because they were more grounded, the overall story and drama of Catching Fire was more intriguing.
I actually like the first half of the movie the most, seeing the world and how it treats its winners and what it actual means for all the people involved. Especially how the districts are getting involved into all this is very interesting. In other words, the Hunger Games universe fascinates me.
STORY (NO SPOILERS)
The actual games itself were kinda “meh” this time. While I love how fleshed out all the “players” were this time around, some action sequences were a little over the top. There is an action scene involving an island… that spins… I did not enjoy that. It just felt a little too much. At least this time the CGI creatures and CGI fire didn’t look as bad as in the first film.
There is twist towards the end of the movie that was pretty awesome. I didn’t see that coming at all and I like that. It really sets up the next movie(s) (I just hate the part 1 and 2 gimmick) very nicely, even though the cliffhanger end reminds me of Matrix Reloaded a little bit.
Nevertheless, I want to see where the story goes. Hopefully I won’t get disappointed. Did I say that I freaking hate that they split the last book into two parts? In case you didn’t know, I really do hate it. But enough 😛
Btw. I know that it happened in the first movie, but Lenny Kravitz as a fashion designer??? I guess it worked, I have nothing to complain about 😉