Written February 15, 2014
If you are squeamish about trauma from a movie then stay home. If your willing to take a chance at getting lost and vulnerable by a story take it in. Great performances by the entire cast. I couldn't hope notice the similarity between the games theme music to Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon Saturday morning.
Written January 28, 2015
If you're a fan of the books, or if you liked the first movie, you're obviously going to go watch this movie, if you haven't already. But let me tell you, as much as the books were an emotional roller coaster ride, they don't quite compare to when you're watching it all happen on the big screen.
This movie is pretty epic in its own right, but not as much as the first one. Instead, it focuses more on setting the stage for the real battle. It has a lot of action towards the end, but you'll have to wait through about an hour or so of pure character-driven story; which isn't a bad thing. The actors really bring their A-Game to this movie, especially Jennifer Lawrence. And the special effects really made the world in this movie pop.
Personally, I feel this movie was a bit dark and depressing for the kids, or the kids at heart. But then, it is a part of the series, so I guess the little ones will have to sit through it if they want to find out what happens at the end.
Written November 21, 2013
Saw the movie at a private screening on Wednesday and there's no doubt about you should go. The actions sequences are excellent and you are engrossed all the way through the movie. It is so good. Don't hesitate - GO !!!
Written November 23, 2013
Faithful cinematically beautiful faithful rendition of book..
Superb Cast. Jennifer Connelly has put in another terrific performance. Through her you feel Katniss's pain. It is the supporting cast which plays off her sensitivity which makes this movie so powerful , especially Southerland-the Facist Presidejnt, Harrelson-Katniss's drunken derelict supporter, Hoffman-the diabolical Gamekeper, and Tucci as the always joyous Master of Ceremonys. Only Josh Hutcherson's wooden portrayal of Peeta left something to be desired.
The first movie, didn't convey the horror and fear generated both by the shooting of the cannon announcing the death of each player, and the nightly ritual of showing all those who had been killed. This is rectified in "Catching Fire"
The Introductionn of the contestants in the Capital is reminiscent of Hitlers rallies in Nurenburg and the enticing power and horror of dictatorships.
Would recommend this movie to all but the very young.
Written March 14, 2014
Not nearly as good as the first one. Could have and should have been so much more. I was dismayed by the lack of character development. Consequently, there was no emotional buy-in as characters were killed off right and left. Not a terrible movie, but I was sorry I paid to see it in the theater.