By Derek | Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 12:20 am
REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Sluggishly paced, taking few chances and not nearly as engaging as it should be, the second installment of the popular trilogy still maintains enough interest to be enjoyable, thanks in large part to interesting supporting characters and a more in-depth look at the world that can host such sport.
SYNOPSIS: Hunger Games survivors Katniss and Peeta find themselves once again in a battle to the death, this time with other Hunger Games winners.
MY REVIEW: PROS: Mostly good performances from leads Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, with solid secondary performances by Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer; interesting glimpses of the world outside of District 12 and the Capitol. CONS: Bland and uninteresting turns by many of the recurring characters, including hammy performances by villains Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman; sluggish, faltering beginning that never fully allows the movie to gain its footing; only fitfully suspenseful; routine screenplay and obvious direction; heavy-handed treatment of themes and ideas.
I wasn’t planning on watching The Hunger Games, but since I have a daughter, it was kinda required. I was pleasantly surprised. The following trailer for the sequel looks decent, though it probably doesn’t matter much as I will be required to watch this one as well.
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.
Attention Hunger Games fans! (You know who you are!)
Amy H. Sturgis writes in to tell us about a cool video lecture she’s giving on September 1st, 2012: The Hunger Games and the SF Tradition. Hosted by Starship Sofa, the live video lecture takes an in-depth look at both the book and film version of The Hunger Games in the context of science fiction.