Let me go ahead and say this review is for people who have seen the first Hunger Games. If you haven’t then more than likely your Amish and don’t have a radio so you can’t hear me anyway. If you are not Amish and you do have a radio and haven’t seen the first movie then you need to fix that before you listen to anything about this movie.
There is a lot that can go wrong when bringing a great book to the movie screen. When it s a trilogy, especially as good as The Hunger Games, the chance of failure goes up considerably. And since the first one was very god, the pressure on the second one has to be enormous. Not a problem. This one is even better than the first. Again, as in the first one, it follows the book exactly. My only problem with the first one was I missed the narration you get in the book that lets you know exactly what Katniss was thinking and feeling. This is not a concern in Catching Fire.
The first one was mainly about the game and letting us get to know the players; this one focuses on the political subversion that is the true reason for the games. We plainly see the evil that is the Capitol, and see that there is nothing that President Snow will not do to maintain total control on the 12 districts. Speaking of Snow, they could not have picked a better actor than Donald Sutherland to play this character. The same goes for the rest of the cast. All are perfect in their roles.
This movie starts when Katniss and Peeta are doing the district publicity tour. Katniss gets a visit from Snow who tells her he does not believe her romance with Peeta and he considers her a threat to the Capitol because she is inspiring an uprising from he districts. He warns her that her safety and that of her loved ones depends on her not causing trouble. We have a clip of her after her first visit where she witnesses the people wanting to rebel and what the Capitol is willing to do to people who show support for an uprising.
Jennifer Lawrence has such a huge future in this business. Not only does she have a huge amount of talent, she seems to take all the hoopla with a grain of salt. I don’t see her going off the deep end, and so far her choices in roles has been perfect.
I still cannot get enough of Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman! He cracks me up in that role.
Rated PG-13 for violence and action. 2 ½ hours that goes by fast.
My Score: a Full 6 Pack of Bud