08 September 2014

Movie Review: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth
Released: November 2013
In this sequel to 2012's Hunger Games, last year's champ Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is forced to participate in another Hunger Games, this time against other previous champions.  After seeing what she saw last year, she doesn't want the games to continue, and neither do the other Tributes...but, the masterminds behind the Games are bent on them taking place no matter what.  Katniss and her fellow survivor--and supposed boyfriend--Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) will do whatever it takes to survive...but, with their competitors out to get them and their lives at stake, they may not emerge victorious this time.
Based on the best-selling book by Suzanne Collins.

The Good
What a tour de force this movie was! An excellent portrait of the society we are becoming, with wonderful performances from the entire cast, and amazing special effects and sets, it's hard not to be held captive by this flick! It also makes a good point about entertainment that makes one think twice before watching reality television! A low amount of profanity and minimal sexual content--both of which are great for a PG-13--made things even more enjoyable.

The Bad
Though the movie as a whole is good, the makers felt the need to add some unnecessary content into the mix.  The "suggestive situation" the MPAA warned about involves a young lady changing her clothes in the presence of three other people, two of whom are male.  Though nothing explicit is shown, it seemed like the scene was only meant to tantalize.  Also, I didn't think it was necessary to have two f-words in the dialogue; if they hadn't been bleeped, the rating would likely have been higher.  Without giving too much away, I'll just say this about the plot: Like The Empire Strikes Back, this film doesn't really have an end; you have to wait for the next installment, which has yet to come out.  Those of you who read the book won't be surprised; everyone else may be let down.

Unnecessary moments aside, this second installment of a trilogy--or is it quadrilogy?--is a wonder to behold! It's likely too much for younger children, but, those who are old and mature enough to appreciate something like this should definitely give it a shot; as I said about the first installment, it's as provocative as it is unsettling!

Score: 4.5/5

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