The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray + DVD Review
About the Movie:
Based on the best-selling second novel of Suzanne Collins’ award-winning trilogy, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn and directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as, against all odds, Katniss and her fellow tribute Peeta have returned home after surviving The Hunger Games. Winning means they must turn around, leaving their loved ones behind and embark on a “Victory Tour” through the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses a rebellion simmering – one that she and Peeta may have sparked. At the end of the Victory Tour, President Snow announces a deadly 75th Hunger Games that could change Panem forever.
- Filmmaker Commentary
- 9-Part Making-Of Documentary
- Deleted Scenes
- Divergent Sneak Peek
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins where The Hunger Games ended with Katniss and Peeta becoming the victors of the games. They are on their Victory Tour visiting the districts and catch the first signs that a rebellion against the Capitol is beginning. Katniss has become the symbol for the uprising to the people and President Snow does not like that one bit. He is crafty and figures out a way to dispose of Katniss and still keep the people in the districts in check. He invokes the “Quarter Quell” which takes place every 25 years. It’s basically sending back two previous Hunger Games victors back in the arena. Peeta and Katniss are the representatives for District 12.
Things are different this time though in the arena. Katniss has joined forces with some of the other contestants and are working together to survive and defeat the others. Plus they also have to deal with some of the nasty surprises the gamemakers throw in there like poisonous fog and killer monkeys. I think what the gamemakers do is even scarier than worrying about the other contestants hunting them down. There’s many tense moments and close calls and people don’t make it out alive.
What I noticed and liked better about this sequel is the action scenes. Where The Hunger Games made me dizzy with all the close-up and shaky action scenes, Catching Fire action sequences were 100x better. I could actually see what was happening this time around whereas in the first movie, I just had a headache trying to keep up.
I’ve read the books and the movie does leave out quite a bit, but that’s to be expected I think when you take a book to a movie. Still, I thought The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was an excellent, enjoyable film and one that I captured my attention through its 2+ hour run.
Jennifer Lawrence had an amazing performance portraying Katniss Everdeen. I’m not surprised though since she is an Academy Award winner from her other work and it’s well deserved. I wish there was more scenes with her and Gale showing their budding romance. It seemed they didn’t really give him much screen time.
Another pretty neat aspect of this movie was the costume. Katniss’ Mockingjay dress she wore before the games was spectacular. Even John said that was pretty cool and was mesmerized.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ends on a cliffhanger so we will need to wait and see what happens in Mockingjay. I hope this next one comes out sooner than later!