“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a sequel to “Hunger Games” and is based on the best-selling books authored by Suzanne Collins. It is about an imagination of a dystopian future world ruled over by a despotic and cruel government that pits children against one another in rigged death matches aimed at instilling fear in a restless population on the verge of rebellion.
“Catching Fire” explores the romance between Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Katniss Everdeen, and her Hunger Games compatriot Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutchenson. Katniss Everdeen is summoned back to the arena for an anniversary edition of the brutal games pitting past survivors against one another.
It starts with Katniss Everdeen returning home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Winning the games means that they must turn around and embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way on the tour with the Capitol very much in control, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering.
The movie is melodramatic and very “pulpy” but Jennifer Lawrence has taken the heroine role very much to heart, throwing herself into it to such an extent that she created genuine emotion. She played the character genuinely and made her the biggest asset of the film, the heart of the movie. Like the first installment, the movie is full of great special effects and action scenes but without Jennifer Lawrence the movie would have been just ordinary.
“Catching Fire” is better than the first installment with amazing production design, bigger action scenes, special effects, more refined than the first one but some of the dialogues are as bad and “pulpy” as the first one.
It stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katnis Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathi and Stanley Tucci as Caesar Fickerman. Directed by Francis Lawrence.