Written November 22, 2013
This was not as good as the first one -not by a long shot. The acting and production value were great, as usual, but the action and the plot seemed to disconnect with each other and the audience. Okay, most of the actual audience was mindless fan girls who were going to love it no matter what - but on a "real" audience... Some scenes were pointless, others crammed too much information/exposition into a small space. It just seemed that the filmmakers took exactly what was in the book and filmed it, making no effort to translate the structure or perspective for a movie audience instead of a reader. It was a big let down from the first one, but not a terrible movie. Except the ending. That was dumb.
Written December 26, 2013
We were disappointed overall. The beginning seemed to drag. The tempo picked up midway and towards the end of the movie. It seemed a little melodramatic to me. The plot and story line seemed pretty weak. The ending seemed to set up yet another sequel, it did has a surprise element that I liked. This movie is definitely geared towards teens in my opinion, which Is fine. It just left me feeling I should have waited for it to come out on DVD.
Written August 27, 2015
I left the movie pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I found myself somehow closer to the main characters and attached to some of the new additions as well. Katniss and Haymitch certainly dominate the screen, but you'll find yourself embracing Peetah, Gale, Prim and even Effie. I like sequels that do a good job of paying tribute to the fallen of the previous movie and Catching Fire does it's due dilligence of that in this movie. Kravitz is solid in his portrayal of Cinna, Kaniss' stylist...and the costumes are amazing! There is an undertone of sadness throughout the movie that interestingly enough, draws you in rather than pushes you away. Maybe because you feel close to the players involved and keep looking for a happy ending for them. Catching Fire is not terribly violent, so it's also okay for young teens. All in all, a very well done movie and certainly worth going to see in the theatre.
Written January 01, 2014
I loved the movie. I liked that they didn't just reuse the same fighting scenes from the first one. I love that they kept all of the original actors, they ruin movies when they change cast members part way through. The actors all did a wonderful job of bringing their characters to life. I think you should use discretion taking children under 12-13 yrs of age, due to some mild violent scenes.
Written May 23, 2015
Again, a true adaptation of the story--go, go go! It delves into life in Sector 12, and the relationship between Katniss, Gale and Petar. Thoroughly enjoyable!