The Hunger Games: Catching Fire brings back the 2 main stars, Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (played by Josh Hutchersen) as they become targets of the capitol by President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) as news of their victory spark an uprising in the nation. This film would be considered action in my opinion and that’s where I’m listing this review but it also is mainly a fantasy element as well. Plus, I like bow and arrows!
The beginning shows Katniss in her environment. You know, hunting and kissing on that guy that is her real boyfriend and not her pretend play for television boyfriend that she gets to spend the majority of the rest of the movie with. Then we get to see the fake television couple making mooches for the camera and completely confusing the rest of the world. It’s cool to see the uprising slowly happening as the movie progresses. Let’s all put up our index, middle, and ring fingers in the air and hope no one shoots us in the head now. But the makers of this movie threw us a curve ball when they announced a hunger games event that would bring back all the former victors and have them face off against each other. Bet you wish you hadn’t volunteered in the last movie, huh Katniss! But a lot of the former victors seemed reluctant to want to participate in this game. I mean, they were all in it before and never thought they would have to do it again. That can put a damper in your day.
The set design in this film was amazing. I loved how you could distinguish the 2 lives these guys had from each other. In the normal world of Katniss and Peeta, you can see the greyish color tones and textures that showcase the rundown slums of District 12. But then when the 2 characters go on their victory tour, you can notice the vibrancy of colors that show the privileged life that these victors get to experience. It really is 2 different worlds when you come to think about it.
Watching this movie, I had high hopes that it would be better but the action seemed to be lacking in this movie. I expected more from this film in the action department but I can understand why the writers of this sequel wanted to focus more on the story. We were meant to see more of the uprising happening in this film than we were in seeing an actual hunger games event. Plus this was one of the last films that Phillip Seymour Hoffman was in, so I guess that makes this film extra special.
Overall, this film could have been done way better than it was. I kept finding myself wanting to go back and watch the first one so I can see just what elements made it better than this sequel because it was sorely lacking. But I will definitely give this film 3.5 out of 5 on the clap-o-meter because I have to admit, after watching Gravity, this film made my eyeballs feel much better.