Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
Part Two of this huge series sees Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen kicking more ass, this time though, to prevent further controversy maybe, it’s adults instead of kids who are perishing.
The first Hunger Games surprised me because I was expecting to be unimpressed. I’ve never read the books as it’s not really a genre that appeals to me. In fact, I probably only knew the books existed because the film was released (hey, I’m old) so only knew what it was loosely about. I sat down and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lawrence is so appealing and it was nice to watch something fresh, that was a huge mainstream hit but not dumb or thoughtless.
I started watching part two and I’ll admit, after like, an hour, it was starting to drag a bit. There was a lot of build up, and little pay off. It desperately needed to get to the next games to pique my interest. And luckily I can report that once it got into its stride it was another enjoyable romp like the first film. There was some fine set pieces and action, including mad monkeys, poisonous gas and the usual crazed competitors. Lawrence was great once again, and showed that she is a girl for all occasions, back to back with American Hustle!
My one bugbear with the film, is this…Peter! Man, this guy really winds me up. He just seems to be a pathetic, naive weed who endangers Katniss at every turn. Seriously Katniss, ditch him otherwise he will get you both killed! Oh, and Philip Seymour Hoffman didn’t get the memo about wearing crazy stuff?
The ending set it all up well for the next film. I’ve heard the third book is the worst, so I’ll be interested to see how they combat this. All in all, I thought Catching Fire was a decent Saturday night flick.
P.S. Shortly before I reviewed this I heard the news about Philip Seymour Hoffman passing away. A great actor who will be sorely missed. RIP.