The Hunger Games Catching Fire picks up where part 1 left off. Katniss is apparently suffering from PTSD at the beginning of the movie. She tries to shoot a bird with a arrow but it turns into a person and she freaks out. I found it strange that it never happened again during the rest of the movie though. I call that weak writing at it’s best. Katniss, and Peeta are trying to move on with their lives because of everything that’s happened but they can’t really do that because their lives has become a public attraction all over the world. They’re forced to “love” each other for an audience but no one is buying it. The Hunger Games Catching Fire is directed well. Every moment had the right amount of tension and when the movie would seem to get too slow then an action sequence would happen. I would say this movie is a definite step up from the original in almost every way.
That being said it’s still quite boring to watch. I had to take frequent breaks while watching it so I wouldn’t get too bored with some of the scenes in the movie. I actually took my kids outside to play for an hour before I sat back down and finished the movie. I haven’t done that since I attempted to watch Twilight a few years ago. I liked Katniss and Peeta’s moments in the movie but I’m not a fan of love triangles so I quickly lost interest in Katniss when she was going from kissing Gale to Peeta a few scenes later. Make up your mind woman. I thought Gale was alright but he honestly only served as a distraction to get him and Katniss some alone time. I thought the actual fight scenes this time around were entertaining but every time something happened it was offset by an equally boring moment.
The coolest part of this movie was when they were running from the poisonous fog. That was awesome but I didn’t like the way that scene ended. The only two characters that I was remotely interested in were Peeta, and Katniss. Everyone else felt forced and I honestly didn’t care what happened to any of them. I think if this movie was a good 30 minutes shorter I would’ve walked away in a good mood but it’s not. It’s almost 3 hours long and sitting through the entire thing was dreadful, yet exciting at the same time. I have mixed feelings about this movie but it’s a lot more negative then positive. I liked that there was a lot more killing this time around but Katniss never seems to kill anyone when it counts. What’s the point of having a bow if you’re not going to use it to rack up a body count?
The movie tries to set up this killed or be killed atmosphere, but it fails to get it right. It’s like friendship island and honestly it kind of reminded me of Condemned. The only difference is I actually liked Condemned. Instead of the brutal Hunger Games that I was expecting it’s just more of the same that was in the first one. The movie has a better director and action sequences but in the end it felt lackluster. Not too many people actually died on screen and half of them weren’t even killed by Katniss. The ending was extremely disappointing and was your common sequel bate that you would expect from movies trying to build hype for another sequel.
My final verdict for The Hunger Games Catching Fire is a 6/10. This is a solid sequel that’s held back by some really lackluster moments. I liked watching the build up to the actual Hunger Game event but at the same time it was dreadfully boring. The actual Hunger Games itself stepped it up with the action but it felt like friendship island instead of an actual fight to the death scenario that they tried to have for these movies.
The Verdict: 6/10
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For a completely different take on this movie you can read Cara’s review here: http://caragaleblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/the-hunger-games-catching-fire-a-dazzling-sequel/
And I encourage everyone to also read V’s review here: http://verbalspew.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/film-the-hunger-games-catching-fire/