The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
It seems I’ve taken to writing film reviews, so after watching The Hunger Games I thought why not – here’s another one.
The first Hunger Games film was unexpectedly satisfying. There’s a group of people who have to fight it out to see who’s the last man (or man and woman in this case) standing, but it’s a bit different ’cause they don’t just kill each other, some die from hunger, poisoning and other things occur which make it a bit more interesting than people just killing each other.
How could the second film follow-up from that? Well, it couldn’t. Just after Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) thinks she can settle back into life in District 12, she is scooped up on a tour of the districts with her pretendy lover Peeta (so unassuming I had to look up his name). Low and behold, Katniss finds herself as a reluctant and more effective Russell Brand of District 12, stirring up revolution within the people of the districts.
President Snow, ruler of the Capital, unhappy with the potential uprising, orders the Games Maker to kill her in some way. And so the Hunger Games begin…again. But this time it’s with all the past victors, and who to choose from District 12, but the only remaining female victor herself, Katniss Evergreen.
That was basically my reaction, Katniss only just had to fight for her life last year, and she’s been asked to do it all over again. After a quick dramatic reaction, Katniss, or Katnap as she’s repeatedly called by Liam Hemsworth, settles back into her Joey from Dawson’s Creek esque stoicism. The film then takes a very similar route as the previous film, with slightly different dangers being faced in the Hunger Games arena until it appears that Katniss is knocked out.
What happens after this is anyone’s guess. It seems that the games maker (the person who controls what happens in the Hunger Games, sort of like a ‘Big Brother‘ producer) was actually always on Katniss’ side and possibly saved her from dying – although I can’t completely be sure of this. The ending is slightly abrupt, although understandable as there’s another film to follow, which, although I found this one slightly confusing, I will go to see, even if it’s just to try and make some sense of this one.