The Hunger Games: Catching Fire picks up right where Hunger Games left off. The cinematography is outstanding. Better than the first one. The whole jerky, “I’m filming this with a camcorder” look is gone. It’s smooth, the angles are great.
The story kicks into to gear quickly and doesn’t let up. We get a whole lot more characters in this one to connect. The regulars are there – Katniss, Peetah, and Haymitch – but we also get Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the new Game Master.
Let me just say – he is perfect in this role as Sutherland is as President Snow. Couldn’t ask for better guys as villains.
I have no critiques of the movie really. Thought it was better than the first one. They had to dump a few scenes from the book but that was to be expected.
The ending was as abrupt as the book so if you aren’t up to speed on the books – the ending can be a bit…abrupt. Have I said that already?
Great stuff to talk about in the movie as well – honor, valor, corruption. If you like the first one – you’re gonna love this one.
What was a particularly nice touch in the film as the recurring question and reference to the idea – remember who the real enemy is. The statement is said often and quite subtly all through out the movie, you will miss the first few references. The pay off scene is well done – that’s all I’ll say for now.