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Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Year : 2013 Director : Francis Lawrence Running Time : 146 Genre : , ,
Movie review score
4.5/5

What’s it about?
In this sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

What did we think?
Anthony Sherratt says: It’s rare a movie can improve on the book but now The Hunger Games franchise has done it twice. A strong narrative establishes a gripping tale and, more importantly, a very good action film with strongly developed characters. It improves on the first film by clearly identifying the stakes allowing the viewer to get lost in the ride.

And although this simplification tends to dumb down any real-world political messages, it makes for great viewing. Despite the lack of extra layers, this is possibly the best popcorn movie of the year.

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Elodie Boal says:

    I thought it was a bit slow to begin with, but once it picked up, it honestly took off! Kudos to the director, Francis Lawrence. He brought alive everything I had imagined in the book, which speaks volumes itself. Bit disappointed they left out revisiting the games ‘Haymitch'(Woody Harrelson) participated in. For me, that was a really pivotal point in the book that introduced the idea of strategy and outwitting the creators of the Hunger Games. In the grand scheme of things though, it didn’t really matter.

    Oh and Lenny Kravitz totally rocks the glitter under the eyes as ‘Cinna’.

  2. Anna says:

    Man I still haven’t seen this. When your boyfriend doesnt wanna see something it makes it hard to find time to see it. It’s my FAVOURITE of the books too. I will post whatI thought when I see it!

  3. Steve Saunders says:

    Get a new boyfriend, Anna, and go see it!

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