The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
After surviving an all-out battle royale, Katniss now has to survive an all-out battle royale. Wait, is this a sequel or a reboot?
The Hunger Games are finally over and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is back in District 12. Her victory came with several benefits, but the burden and psychological damage weighs heavy on her.
After a walk through the forest she comes home to find President Snow (Donald Sutherland) waiting for her. He is not amused. Katniss’ actions during the games have unintentionally inspired people to rebel against the Capitol, and he holds her responsible. As part of the Hunger Games Katniss is required to travel to all the Districts to hold a Victor’s Speech, and Snow warns her that if she does not do exactly as he says, she and her family will suffer.
Katniss tries to comply, but Snow is not satisfied. He considers her a liability and decides to get rid of her. To do this he changes the rules of the next Hunger Games, so that only previous winners can be selected. And since Katniss is the only female victor from District 12 she, yet again, finds herself being forced to partake in a free-for-all death battle.
Should I Watch It?
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the sequel and direct continuation of The Hunger Games. The story is pretty much a carbon copy of its predecessor. Katniss and Peeta represent District 12 in a battle to the death that gets broadcasted for the amusement of the people living in the Capitol.
There are many improvements compared to the first film. As you would expect, most of the story works out similarly, but there is much more depth to the narrative. Panem politics are more apparent and the new and reoccurring characters are much more fleshed out. This greatly contributes to the experience of the movie.
The level of acting has also reached a higher level. It is clear that Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson have had more experience working together than they had in the previous film. The odd matching of Katniss and Peeta and their lack of chemistry is still there, but much less obvious. I guess this is because we have seen them together much longer, and also because Peeta has developed into a much stronger and dependable character.
Stanley Tucci gives another excellent over-the-top performance, and Lenny Kravitz once again plays fan-favourite Cinna. Newcomer Jena Malone leaves a strong impression with the intense Johanna. Actually, nearly everyone does a fine job.
Let’s be honest, the only reason for watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is if you are interesting in seeing the entire four-part trilogy. But I think even as a stand-alone, this movie would hold up. I recommend this movie.
Yes, watch it.
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