The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Critic Consensus: Smart, smoothly directed, and enriched with a deeper exploration of the franchise's thought-provoking themes, Catching Fire proves a thoroughly compelling second installment in the Hunger Games series.
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
This is Empire Strikes Back stuff. It has that second Star Wars movie's kick of confidence.
Director Francis Lawrence's film runs nearly two-and-a-half hours but it concludes so abruptly and tantalizingly, it leaves you wanting more.
The budget is nearly twice the original, and it shows. Great work from the A-list cast, amazing set designs and costumes.
Now the violence is not merely physical, but existential. Far from having won her freedom as promised, Katniss is now imprisoned in a false public narrative-supporter of the Capitol, lover of Peeta-from which she may never escape.
Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original.
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To me, "Catching Fire" is better than the first movie as this one concentrates more on the characters around Katniss, and the politics of Panem.
The restless camera in the action scenes still makes it a tad difficult to see what is going on like in the first movie, but what is great about this bleak, intense sequel is that it focuses less on the fighting and more on the political issues, the desolation, the characters.
From solid storytelling to Movie Magic, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" surpasses every standard set by it's predecessor and keeps you engaged the entire time. With more character development and a much sharper script, this sequel feels like "The Empire Strikes Back" of this series. This time the winning tributes from the past years are forced back into battle with each other and they must form allies to survive. This time they are in control of the entire setting of the games and try their hardest to decide to lives and who dies. Straying away from the shaky cam like the first film had, and getting much better direction on board, the crew does a much better job here and the actors look more alive than ever. I have to say that I loved every second of my experience with this film, even though a few technical aspects were pretty distracting. The stakes are raised and you will not see some of the twists coming. The second instalment in "The Hunger Games" franchise is terrific and I cannot wait to see the conclusion.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Quotes
|Katniss Everdeen:||It must be a fragile system if it can be brought down by just a few berries|
|President Snow:||It is indeed--but not in the way you imagine.|
|Katniss Everdeen:||How should I imagine?|
|President Snow:||You should imagine thousands upon thousands of your people dead...this town of yours reduced to ashes, imagine it gone, buried under dirt, made radioactive as if it had never existed like District 13. You fought very hard in the games miss Everdeen, but they were games...would you like to be in a real war?|
|Katniss Everdeen:||Any last advice?|
|Haymitch Abernathy:||Stay alive.|
|Haymitch Abernathy:||Stay alive.|
|Johanna Mason:||Ugh. My stylist is such an idiot. I'd love to put my axe in her face.|
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