Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [2013] Movie Review

Star Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields, Woody Harrelson
Director: Francis Lawrence
Written by: Michael Arndt, Simon Beaufoy, Suzanne Collins
Watched at Prasadz, Hyderabad
Catching Fire picks up right from where the Hunger Games left off, winners Katniss Everdeen [Jenifer Lawrence] and Peeta Mallark [Josh Hutcherson] are settled in the victor’s village of District 12, with the luxurious facilities they ever dreamt of. With Haymitch [Woody Harrelson], Spokeswoman Effie [Elizabeth Banks] and Cinna [Lenny Kravitz] Katniss and Peeta prepare to leave for the victor’s tour. Where they will visit other 11 districts in Panem. President Snow believes that Katniss berries idea that crowned both her and Peeta the victors of the 74th Annual Hunger Games was not an act of love, but was an act of defiance against the capitol.
President Snow begins to sense that Katniss has given the residents of Panem hope, and there is a rebellion brewing that he intends to quash. To achieve this, he knows he must make everyone turn on Katniss. Snow to diminish the hope across the Panem. He announce that past victors of Hunger Games will be thrown into the reaping pool again for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, a Quarter Quell. Katniss and Peeta are forced into the games to test their limits for Survival once again. 
Everyone reprises their roles attractively in this sequel. Jennifer Lawrence, Hutcherson, Harrelson completely dissolve into their characters. Jennifer Lawrence carries the sequel finding herself stuck in several positions like rescuer – rebel – inspiration and a champion. Josh Hutcherson is impressive as a young victor. Haymitch – Lenny Kravitz are good in their roles. Phillip Seymour Hoffman perfectly suit his character as Game Maker Heavensbee.  Rest of the Tributes support well to the lead cast.
The Hunger Games is a novel written by Suzanne Collins and The Catching Fire is the second novel in the trilogy. Suzanne involved in the production of Hunger Games insured that movie is close to her vision. When Gary Ross stepped aside after making The Hunger Games [2012] to work on his other projects. Francis Lawrence followed Gary’s lead in smooth transition into the Catching Fire. I didn’t see the film in IMAX [Due to no Digital IMAX projection in Prasadz {Hyderabad}], Francis shot the arena scenes with IMAX cameras and cinematography (by Jo Willems) alone in those deserves to seen on a full IMAX screen. Heavensbee’s new game designs is evilly cunning, matching Katniss against the variety of creatures including the pack of angry baboons. Francis made sure thrills are well staged and fit to the story’s theme. Another intriguing point Katniss having survived in last years’ Hungers Games, she has no desire to return to violence and the Director – Screen writers developed the theme, made sure they thrill the audience with both Physical and Mental challenges for the Katniss to face. Francis could have worked a bit on the victors and how they getting to know about fellow tributes. Music by Hames Newton is tending, his background for area sequences deserve a special applaud. 
Catching Fire is gratifying, does a great job in mounting the drama and riveting story. Though the movie is 150 minutes long but ends with a fascinating setup for the next chapter. Very excited to see how Francis Lawrence will handles the poorly written third book, The Mocking Jay. Mocking Jay is divided into two parts The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay [Part I], slated for November 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay [Part II], slated for November 2015. To cut a long story short, Catching Fire transcends the expectations in every way possible, delivering thought provoking intense ride. Don’t Miss It.
** If you didn’t watch the Hunger Games [2012], there is a lot of points you won’t understand about the sequel. If you plan to see Catching Fire in theaters, I suggest you to watch the Prequel first. 
Survi Review: 3.5/5

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