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Review The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

genre: adventure, science fiction, drama

Don't let me beat around the bush. I enjoyed this sequel very much and with it's ending I am actually looking forward to the third one. This second part was an improvement when it came to the characters. More emotions and depth were given to them and thus we cared for them in a way I had been missing from the first. However there still is not that much background given on what the world looks like and how happy or unhappy the people are. We are shown some horrors in how the authorities deal with protests and resistance. And while effective it is left unclear why suddenly people are revolting. Even main character Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) keeps wondering and questioning how she is the one that inspired these people. It's not that I am unwilling to believe that sometimes having one person take a stand will be enough to go against the powers that be. But I think it would be nice to show, at least in one or two scenes how that works. If only to educate the audience the importance of being critical and taking a stand if tyranny rules. Only the film makers aren't really bothered by the why and how. I haven't read the books but I am thinking that the book delves deeper into the defiance and the rebellion. Now I understand that the movie tries to offer more on adventure and action but a little more focus on the people revolting would have given it much more meat. Still the action and adventure parts are more than solid and even thrilling at times. I do have a little problem with the Katniss and Peeta relationship. Maybe it is me, but that feels forced and I know that most of the time that is the idea. But it also occurs when the relationship is supposedly better and warmer. I keep reading how amazing there chemistry is. And somehow I am not seeing that at all. They seem more like siblings or friends without any sexual tension. I guess we will have to see if that will increase in the next part. I wished that books and movies would be more bolder and try to show that you don't need love to create drama. Anyways like in the first Jennifer Lawrence carries the film on her shoulders but this time she got some decent backup by the rest of the cast. Even the characters that were annoying in the first were very likable in this one. Which is proof that the characters are a little more fleshed out. Overall Catching Fire is pretty exciting at times and worth your time. 

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