The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Movie Review

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" one ups its predecessor with its more in-depth look into the humanity of its characters. Whereas the first breezed though the moralities of what this series has to offer, the second one finally gives time for the social intricacies to settle in. Some may find the film seemingly a little too long or a little too slow in the middle but we beg to differ - the second film may lack the tension and atmosphere of the first film but what it lacks on that department, it compensates with a better look on not only our characters but the situation that they find themselve in.

After winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) return home to District 12. On the day Katniss and Peeta are set to begin a victory tour of the country, President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland) visits Katniss and explains that her action on the last Hunger Games have inspired rebellions in the districts. He orders that Katniss not only convince the entire country of her and Peeta's love as the reason for their actions, but convince Snow himself. As the victory tour commences, as predicted by Snow, the crowd are not convince. Rebellions are still at large and growing. As a final and desperate move to rid of Katniss for good, President Snow decides that the 3rd Quarter Quell's special provision will be that the 75th Hunger Games will be composed of former victors.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" did not stray far away from its predecessor. In fact at times, visually speaking, the film feels and looks the same to "The Hunger Games". That's not a bad thing at all because it was one of the things that brought so much atmosphere and life to the first. Acting-wise, its the same story. Jennifer Lawrence is once again the star of the show and her performance simply alluring. What the sequel does better though is that we get less of the action and more downtime. Downtime that introduces us to the real problems this dystopian world finds itself in. The only qualm we have? The film does end abruptly and leaves us wanting more. Overall, this is more than a worthy sequel to a great film because it simply outdoes its predecessor.

Rating: 5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- takes the same qualities that made the first so great
- adds more depth and character to the world of Panem

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film feels a little too long and might not float everyone's boat

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