The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth; action thriller, adventure film fans

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Synopsis

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts.
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Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Viewer Rating: 4.5/5 *****

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Review:

If there is any movies which are better than the books themselves, it will definitely be The Hunger Games. This apply not only to the second film: Catching Fire but also the first film. I caught the first film in the cinemas back in 2012 and fell in love with it. I started researching on the film and went for the books. I was surprised to find the movie better than the books!
For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, I realised there are two different opinions after watching the film. For those who did not read the books, most found it a little draggy, and there were too little of (Hunger Games) Quarter Quell as compared to the first film. However, those who had read the book will find it amazing (Well, at least I did) as the director managed to catch the best parts and put it into the film.

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Oscar winner Jennifer is the main reason why I loved the film so much. She was able to make the character Katniss her, so much that I kinda dislike the weak character of Katniss in the book. Yet in the film, it seemed so appropriate and understandable. She isn’t the “typical Hollywood icon” and wasn’t afraid to let the media know that she likes food.

Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci aka the host for Hunger Games) brings smile with his dazzling signature smile. I love how any conversation with him becomes positive and full of hope. I also realised that the turning points in the film always take place with him. Like how Peeta said he liked Katniss in the first film, how Katniss transformed into a black Mocking Jay in the second film, the most amazing things happened at his show.
I don’t know if it is a good thing or not, but one teeny weeny problem with the film, is perhaps how it was easy to forget all the other tributes besides Katniss, Peeta or maybe Finnick. Despite their distinctive characteristics, it was an headache trying to recall who’s out and who’s in. I like to compare it with JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, where although the movies weren’t as good as the books, every character can easily be remembered, even when they are minor roles.

To watch or not to watch? I guess my rating says it all. YES, DO WATCH IT BEFORE IT’S OVER. I am already counting down to the third film The Hunger Games: MockingJay scheduled to be out on the 21st November 2014.

Do You Know?

Jennifer Lawrence stated whilst filming in the arena she hit herself with the bow mid-sprint, and dove into a pool of jets leaving her partially deaf for 6 days.


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jennifer Lawrence said that she, Josh Hutcherson, and Sam Claflin (Finnick) were very clumsy, saying Claflin fell at least once in every scene they filmed. Claflin agreed and said they could fill an entire gag reel with just him falling over.

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell, a huge fan of the book series, actively sought the role of Johanna Mason.

Sarah Burton

Most of the dresses Elizabeth Banks (Effie) wears in this movie are created by Sarah Burton for the famous Alexander McQueen brand.

“Buttercup”, Prim’s beloved cat somehow managed to change from a black and white tabby in the The Hunger Games (2012) to a ginger cat in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be in cinemas on 21 November 2013.

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