15: Hunger Games – Catching Fire

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

“Remember who the real enemy is.” – Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson)

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Woody Harrelson. Directed by Francis Lawrence.

Production Budget: $130 Million. — Opening Weekend: $158 Million.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Metacritic: 75/100

Lazy Goomba: 8.5/10

Plot Summary

This is the second film of the Hunger Games series. It follows Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) after she and her partner Peeta Melark (Hutcherson) won the 74th Hunger Games. With Katniss and Peeta’s miraculous survival in the last Hunger Games causing a potential uproar, President Snow visits Katniss to deliver a message. He informs her that on the upcoming Victors tour, she must conform to how he wants her to act, so that the uprising can settle down. After failing to do so, the President decides to have the 75th hungers games involve the previous victors throughout all the years of the Hunger Games history. As the Hunger Games begins, Katniss begins to realize just how much hope she has restored in the people of the world.

Lazy Goombas Thoughts

The Good: This was a fantastic movie. The plot is so so absolutely awesome, I can’t even get over it. I almost finished the first book, but didn’t get around to it. Without knowing what actually happens, it is pretty damn cool to see how the story unfolds. Once the actual games begun, I was wondering the entire time how Katniss AND Peeta were going to be able to survive AGAIN. Then when she shoots the arrow into the sky, and shit hits the fan, I was pretty surprised. And despite how realistic it may or may not be (who can really say it isn’t realistic considering it is a futuristic movie…), I thought it was an intelligent way of escaping, and I’m glad it wasn’t something completely impossible.

The Bad: I didn’t dislike too many things in this movie. Although I thought it began with a cheesy scene that somehow involved Jennifer Lawrence’s facial expressions only, and then they ended the movie with the same type of thing (her staring into the camera and then making a “angry face” at it). She’s so good looking and all that, but it just made me chuckle a little bit, and didn’t seem as serious to me as it should have seemed.

The Future: I am quite excited for the following two films. Mockingjay (the third book in the series) is split into two separate movies (more bang for their buck!). With the way the second one ended, it will just be quite exciting to see how the rest of the story unfolds. And how they eventually stick it to President Snow (that is a prediction.. I have no clue if they do, but that’s what I hope).

 
Lazy Goomba
Movie Critic/Cat Enthusiast
 

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