Bottom Line: Not being a reader of those pieces of paper with words on ‘em and then the papers are all bound togeth – books, that’s right. Not being a reader of the immensely popular books, I still find myself getting wrapped up in the compelling story of Team Katniss. These, thus far, are a series of well made movies that rightfully excite crowds worldwide. …And despite my solid grade and full recommendation to go see it – my wife continues to press as to why I didn’t like it… To her, a fervent fan of the books and movies (a proud member of The Hunger Dames if you will), handing out anything lower than an A+ is just plain crazy. They’re good, but they’re not THAT good… This installment, however, does benefit from a severely elevated budget that was put to good use in terms of not making it look, like part one, a made-for-TV-movie. CATCHING FIRE is a smart, well-crafted and immensely watchable action adventure drama. Yes, you may never get a strong emotional connection to the characters if you’ve never read those book things, and you may feel like an abundance of time is wasted on parades, pageants and US Magazine-like ‘Who Wore it Best’ fashion show for dresses (let’s call it gown porn)… Minor flaws aside, this will easily satiate your appetite for entertainment. It’s epic in scope, intriguing in story and will leave you excitedly hungry for bigger things to come… The odds are ever in your favor that you’ll have a great time!
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elzabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Francis Lawrence (I AM LEGEND, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and CONSTANTINE)
Running time: 146 minutes
Story: 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. 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. (c) Lionsgate