This is review is gonna be short and sweet. Doesn't it seem like just yesterday when the first Hunger Games film was upon us? Only a year and a half later, the long awaited and much anticipated second installment is finally here (forgive me my skeptical bias to fast-tracked sequels here, I just tend to prefer it when due time is spent on creating the tightest film possible.) So how does Catching Fire stand up to its predecessor? My feelings regarding the second entry in the Hunger Games franchise (as well as the audience I watched it with this time...ugh) is quite similar to how I felt about the first film HERE.That said, I'm delighted my advice from the first review was taken in two instances, the first being that the cinematography was much improved (no shaky cam) and the second being that Liam finally kicked Miley to the curb in his personal life haha. As a whole, I definitely find this film and franchise entertaining and enjoyable. I certainly like it. I'm just not...gushing with love for it if that makes sense.
I would say Catching Fire is an improvement overall for sure. The stakes feel higher, the threats worse and everything seems more hopeless. And the story is just a bit more interesting. Even if it is a weird hybrid of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Truman Show (with some J-Lawface thrown in as well....which is akin to Tobeyface I'm afraid.) But I gotta give credit where credit is due. I really enjoy when movies can surprise me, and there were definitely times when I had no idea which way this movie was going. Plus I must say, I'm very intrigued to see where this story will go. It definitely leaves things in a really interesting place and sets up a third film rather nicely. Once again, that doesn't mean I'm out to buy the books or would even consider its sequel one of my most anticipated movies....of whenever this is due to come out. Just...when these come out, I'll see them and I'll likely be entertained and satisfied. I suppose that's good enough in the sea of blockbuster franchise offerings these days. EMILY RATING: 7.7/10