It’s always exciting when one of my favorite books gets realest as a movie, and my expectations were high for this film because of all the Hunger Games books, “Catching Fire” was my absolute favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I think all three books are fantastic and I’ve read them several times (Yes, I do read books too). But the second book was especially good, and I’m very happy to say that this movie, not only did the book justice, it exceeded my expectations. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is the second installment in the “The Hunger Games” film series, based on the second novel of the book series. This is honestly, one of the best book adapted sequels I’ve ever seen and fans will certainly be satisfied.
The plot goes like this, it’s been some time sense the events of the first “Hunger Games”, and now Katniss Everdeen has become quiet the celebrity. But even stronger then her fame is a new inspiration of hope. Now Katniss is becoming a symbol for the rebels that fight against the corrupt capital leaders that enslave them. The evil president snow now plots to kill her but in the proper way, a way that will damage those who rebel against the capital. Soon, both Katniss and her partner Peeta find themselves in another survival arena. Now based on that small synopsis, this movie may sound a little repetitive, like it’s the first movie all over again. However, this film has just enough smart twists, intriguing character conflicts and a deeper exploration of the thought-provoking themes established before, that this sequel comes off as far stronger and far more engaging then its predecessor.
Even the new arena is smarter, craftier and more interesting, with some intense new obstacles to overcome. I especially like this movies overall theme of teamwork, unlike the first film, where it was just one person fighting to be the sole survivor, this movie focuses on a group of people that are willing to fight and die for one another. The passing in this movie is especially good, it’s a long movie but it never feels long. These actors bring these character to life so well and they hold your attention to the very end, you never feel bored (at least I didn’t) and the ending really leaves you hyped for the next film. Jennifer Lawrence in-particular is just a power house actress and cares this movie with ease.
Overall, this was an excellent movie, as stated before the thought provoking theme’s of the franchise are explored in a deeper are more realistic tone, the acting is spot on, it holds your attention throughout and it’s a solid adaption of my favorite book from one of my favorite book series. I give “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” 4 ½ stars out of 5.