The Hunger Games : Catching Fire - My Honest Movie Review
Having never read the Hunger Game books myself and from gaining a brief understanding on the storyline from friends prior to watching the film, the concept didn't really wash with me. I just couldn't understand how they could make a film about kids killing each other to win a competition in a last-man standing format!
However, I took a chance with watching the first Hunger Games film and have to say I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was! Having now bought into the hype, I was excited to watch the Hunger Games : Catching Fire on it's release. Like most non-readers of the book, I was keen to see exactly how a second film would vary from the first - as surely it would be the same storyline, right? Wrong! And here's why......
(Please note - there are no spoilers ahead, merely a small snippet of the storyline! If you want spoilers however - imdb has some here)
With tensions increasingly high in the Districts, the Capital decides to introduce a Special 75th Anniversary version of the Hunger Games - bringing back some of the living survivors of previous games to fight it out to become an ultimate champion! Having explained this at the start of the movie, this set the scene well and disposed of any negative thoughts I was having for watching a replica 'repeat' of the first film! Especially once you see the arena for this special version of the games - a completely different environment to the first, with increasingly dangerous surroundings (I won't spoil the surprises but put it this way, the 'experienced' Hunger Gamers really struggle with this new arena!)
As the DVD cover of the film shows Katniss Everdeen in all her fighting glory - I can't imagine that I'm spoiling the film by highlighting that she plays a key role in the story once again. But what I will refuse to confirm or deny is whether her partner-in-surviving Petta Mellark also features in this special version of the games. I'll let you find that one out for yourself... ;)
As in the first film, working together with fellow gamers becomes even more vital in surviving the trials and tribulations outlined by the Capitol - and love/romance also provides some interesting twists to keep you guessing throughout the film. With the combinations of these, whilst it's easy to imagine which way the film might be heading - the directors are very clever in the way that they continue to throw in some surprises, making this a sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat type film!
All in all, I was once again, pleasantly surprised with how good this Hunger Games film was - proving my original thoughts of replication a complete misconception! And with a shock twist right at the end of the movie - I'm currently awaiting the next film with sheer anticipation!
My Honest Recommendation: I would genuinely recommend this film to anyone (well... bearing in mind the 12 certification the film has been classified as!). Whether you're a fan of adventure, sci-fi, actions or thrillers - the Hunger Games: Catching Fire is an enjoyable, fast paced, watch which I can guarantee, will not disappoint!
Can't wait for the next film? Nope, me neither! I'm currently going through the trilogy of books and LOVING them! :)
Seen the film but want to tickle your reading senses with the book? Yup, thought so! That's what I'm doing currently!
Missed the first movie? I would definitely recommend watching this before Catching Fire as the story very much follows on from the first
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