Movie Review — The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

by Ryan on November 23, 2013

in Anything Else,Pop Culture

Last year’s controversial breakout hit, The Hunger Games, left audiences enthralled and wanting more.  The story takes place in a future North America where 12 districts support an opulent and oppressive Capitol, which keeps those districts poor and dependent on them like feudalistic vassal states.  The Hunger Games is not simply a story about kids-killing-kids in the arena for a chance at a Ruling Class life, but also the trials and tribulations of those living in a totalitarian state.  The second part of the trilogy, Catching Fire, takes the story to a new level.  Here’s the trailer:

Catching Fire fits in very well to the typical trilogy morphology.  The story is more psychological than the first one, delving into Katniss’s changing personal relationships, all while heightening the stakes and pushing our heroes in every possible way.  I don’t want to give too much away, but if you liked the first one this will not disappoint on any level.

The critics really liked the film.  Some even believe it bests the original, while others imply that Catching Fire might be this generation’s Empire Strikes Back (listen for the collective Gen X harrumph)!  I do agree that it is smarter and more engaging than part one (plus one does get an Empire feel throughout the first few acts).  Also, when it ends you want more — tons more!  Like the book, one needs to find out what happens next.  Luckily I had book three, Mockingjay, handy.

So, I highly recommend Catching Fire to everyone.  It’s well-acted, emotional, exciting, with a few huge (and really entertaining) twists.  I give it a solid A-.  Check it out!  I can think of few movies worth seeing to start your holiday movie season.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike November 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

So it DOES fit in very well to the typical trilogy morphology. Thank God. I was worried about that. :-)


Ryan November 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Sorry, fan boy moment.


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