Page 325/365 : The Hunger Games : Catching Fire

Watched film #1,239 from icheckmovies.com

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Tonight we went to the cinema to see the new Hunger Games film, Catching Fire. As everyone knows, this is an adaptation from the book trilogy and is the second part of the three.

The Hunger Games are over. Following Katniss & Peeta’s defiance against the Capitol, they are whisked away on the Victor’s Tour where they unwillingly start an uprising amongst the people. In order for President Snow to put an end to it all, he orders all previous Victors to be submitted for the next games, the Quarter Quell…and once again, out heroes are thrust back into an arena to battle to the death.

The film remains very faithful to the source material, which I like to see. I read the books back to back following the release of the trailer for the first film and loved them so it’s good to see that a brilliant story is being taken seriously.

One of my issues with the first film was the shocking special effects, but as the budget on Catching Fire is clearly a lot higher and as such this is not an issue. I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say that some of the Arena moments benefit from much greater CG.

An absolutely fantastic film telling a great story from a brilliant book. I wish it had a little more of the violence from the book but they have to keep it to the 12A certification.

Jennifer Lawrence is once again fantastic (and beautiful) and needed to be on the back of her recent Oscar win. Woody Harrelson just acts as himself when playing Haymitch, Elizabeth Bank is brilliant as Effie, but my new favourite Hunger Games actress is Jena Malone as Johanna Mason…😘

A couple of great castings too with Philip Seymour-Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee the games maker, and Sam Claflin as the cool and confident Finnick Odair.

Go see…but make sure you’ve seen the first film first!

And may the odds be ever in your favour!

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