Directed by Francis Lawrence, staring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone. The sequel to the first hunger games and seeing the after effect of how society treats the winners.
When the first film came out, I didn’t understand the hype around it, didn’t realise that the film was actually an adaptation with a large cult following. My interest was little when the first film came out, only to be pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed it as a film. It far exceeded any exceptions, low though they were, of this film.
Several years past and suddenly promotion broke out for the second film and my mental process began again. This time I was fortunate in two ways with regards to Catching Fire, firstly I went to see it with people a week after it’s release which meant I missed any spoilers from various sites, potentially ruining my experience. Secondly I avoided any trailers for the film, merely looked at the posters. This has worked out incredibly well for me, as I have not read the books nor seen the trailers so had no idea what to expect.
The trailer it’s self should not have been made as it was, it spoils and ruins so many things, those who have read the books agree with me, it shows far too much on already world wide successful series of hunger games.
I deeply enjoyed this film and was entertained from the start to the finish, I will speak nothing of the plot as the trailer already gives too much away without me adding to it.
I enjoyed this film so immensely that I came home and bought all three books to read. What was even more impressive for me was that with these films you end up just liking the protagonists. My focus was more on the others characters, three in particular but I won’t say who.
I am now truly excited to see the third film and will be pre booking my tickets the moment they are available.
OVERALL***** Really well made film that handles both dark and light elements while stirring a fire in your stomach and heart.
RECOMMENDATION- Stay clear of all the trailers, watch the film, buy the books.