Many have been awaiting the arrival of the second movie in the Hunger Games saga since the minute the first one premiered. While I did go to the midnight premier of the first movie The Hunger Games, I for some reason was not so inclined to go to the premier of Catching Fire. This I believe was a mistake.
The second film was just as amazing as the first, perhaps even more so. Other reviews for the film are also overwhelmingly positive. The second film did not show any signs of a sophomore slump, in fact, quite the opposite. The computer generated graphics and cinematography were spot on. So was the acting. Jennifer Laurence did an excellent job playing Katniss, once again. This story is even more emotional for her character than the first was, but she handles each scene brilliantly and realistically. Other retuning actors and actresses including: Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanely Tucci and Lenny Kravitz all did excellent jobs as well dealing with emotion and a darker story line.
This film really drives home the idea of rebellion and could serve as a poetic warning of what could happen to real life society in a short period of time. I have heard for several people who have seen the film that they can draw parallels from the Imperial Roman era to the story of the capital and its 12 districts that it rules over.
What I liked most about this film is the same thing that I liked most about the first, which is how well the movie follows the storyline of the novel. I can’t think of many deviations from of what happened in the book to what ended up happening on the big screen. As someone who read the books I think the movies were most excellent, but I have heard from others who haven’t that they get a little lost and confused during certain parts. The series of movies does seem to cater to an audience of young females who have read the book, which is not the wrong audience to be targeting at all, but may deter others from coming to see the film.
Overall I think the movie series has had a lot of deserved success and will continue this trend with the third and final movie in the series. The action, acting and screen play have driven the series so far, and will continue to make it a hit at the box office.