Sodas & Popcorn Movie Review: Hunger Games (Catching Fire)


Director: Francis Lawrence

Writing Credits: Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours And Slumdog Millionaire), Michael Arndt(Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) And Based on Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire novel.

Notable Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz and Stanley Tucci.

It’s been a long time coming. The Hunger Games 2 review. Quite a shocker that M.Y isn’t a part of it. J-Law groupie. Yes, right back at you.

Okay back to the matter at hand. I believe that everyone knows that the mere thought of some sequels gets you hyperventilated and panting like a dog.

Some on the other hand make you nod your head with a teeny bit of approval

The rest…well they are just the rest.

On the plus and down side this happens to fall under the ‘Nod Category’



The Script


Hunger Games: Catching Fire had a depth to the script than the pre-sequel with somewhat a darker feel to it which was much more suspense-filled. Oddly enough, it just might keep you on your toes and expecting something close to the worst. It definitely did that for me.

Something about the love triangle Katniss portrayed got me in quite a confused state. What’s the deal with that? But then thinking about it carefully, if you are locked in a jungle with a charming guy for a couple of days, hormones will start flying all over the place, but, I digress.

So where were we? Oh Yeah, the review. I was pretty disappointed that I wasn’t given the pleasure of seeing all of the tributes from the 75th Hunger Games show more of their skills. Instead they all pretty much…Nah,I wasn’t gonna spoil it for you. J

In a nutshell when you have Oscar winning scribes Simon Beaufoy (responsible for probably James Franco’s best film he will ever act, 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire) and Michael Arndt (responsible for Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine) put your script together, this is what you get. One of the best sequels I have ever seen. Although am hoping to get more ‘oomph’ next time. And trust me there is a next time.


The Directing


With the budget of Catching fire doubled that of its predecessor, the highly underestimated Music video director turned movie director Francis Lawrence had a lot of resources to play with and did a neat work taking over the reins from Gary Ross who did an ‘Okay job’ with Hunger Games 2012. The total package was rendered professionally as expected and one aspect I definitely loved most was the costumes. Every one of them portraying its characters profoundly. I think I should hire Cinna as my stylist.

Also, the general effects seemed real enough. The fog, the ‘flames’, the baboons…all in good rendition.

You couldn’t have done better Francis Lawrence. One thing, are you somewhat related to Jennifer? Because M.Y could really use your help getting hooked up with that sister. But once again, I digress. Moving on…


The Acting


Jennifer Lawrence is (and hopefully would always be) a talented actress. Her emotions speak even without her saying a word. That ’nuff said, she was amazing. But I would rate Chloe Grace Moretz over her anytime, anyday. M.Y abeg no vex.

Josh Hutcherson always been one to portray the timid modest character gave us his usual thing. Not so spectacular but pretty impressive. He does need to give the audience some tenacity. Take animation movie ‘Epic’ for example. I’d never have known he was the voice behind the character if I hadn’t seen the cast. Now that’s more of something I’d like to see from Josh.

Woody Harrelson always seems to win my heart with his silly acts and aura. His face alone is enough to pull his characters off.

I loved Jena Malone though. Such a feisty character with a whole lot of ‘Sucker-Punchy-ness’.

Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci (and that weird teethy laughter of his) even Sam Claflin were pretty much in the game too. Impressive.


The Verdict


So here we are. Le Verdict. It’s a pretty impressive effort which is a lot better than the previous one and has me all geared up for the final movie so I would rate it a Popcorn and Soda which means ‘Go See It Folks!’

Sodas & Popcorn Rating4

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