Contributed by: Alesia Stanford
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has the “odds” in its favor at the Box Office. The second film in “The Hunger Games” series has already been heralded around the world and now it’s headed for U.S. theaters, just in time to “reap” the benefits of a well-planned November release date.
Oscar Winner Jennifer Lawrence reprised her role the reluctant heroine, Katniss Everdeen. She’s joined in her quest for survival by Josh Hutcherson as her ally and on-screen love interest Peeta Mallark. Liam Hemsworth who had a small part in the first film, has an expanded and rather romantic role as “Gale” Katniss’ best friend.
“Catching Fire” picks up right where the first film left off. Although she’s living in the Victors’ Village… Katness is suffering from the repercussions of her actions in the arena. She has what appears to be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. That, coupled with what appears to be her blatant rebellion against the Capitol, and she finds herself in the middle of a huge and deadly controversy.
Instead of resting on her uneasy laurels, Katniss is being hurled back into the Arena by Donald Sutherland’s “President Snow,” who sees “ the girl on fire” as a threat to his power. Lawrence says fans should brace themselves for an intense experience. “Everything is on a much bigger scale now, even the story. Everything is a lot more intensified. Even the Arena itself is intensified.” Continuing on, she says, “This isn’t teenagers fighting, these are all tributes who have won and the Arena itself is a weapon and everything is getting intense outside the Arena with Snow threatening her family and everybody that she loves so it’s just on a much bigger scale. We also see more of Panem, more of the Districts, more of the Capital.”
Some A-list actors have joined the games, including Oscar-winner Philip Seymore Hoffman and Jenna Malone. The “veterans” say they weren’t sure, at first, about making “alliances” with the new “tributes.” Josh Hutcherson explains why. “It was a little bit scary for me. We had such a close bond on the first movie, bringing in new people, how are we going to … are we just going to ignore them, and just keep our own world, or like, are they going to integrate, what’s going to happen, and really, like, people jumped on board right away.”
Director Francis Lawrence does a great job of including all the special effects required for the action sequences without letting the story be overwhelmed by them. For fans who’ve been craving a heaping helping of the Katniss Everdeen story, here’s a promise… you won’t go away hungry! “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has received the Critics’ Choice Seal from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
About the Author:
Alesia Stanford has been going to movies since she was about 4, so it only makes sense that she’s spent a good portion of her career covering movies. Alesia has been working on Hollywood based stories for longer than she will admit, as a reporter, interviewer and movie critic. She’s covered every major awards show and is proud to be a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. A native of Tampa, Florida, Alesia divides her time between Los Angeles and San Diego, where she lives with her handsome husband and three adorable dogs.
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