ApunKaChoice.com
site  movies  celebs  music  news  showtimes  user  
ApunKaChoice » Article » Movie Review - 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is sleeker but lacks spark
 

Movie Review - 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is sleeker but lacks spark

'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' lacks spark
By Troy Ribeiro (IANS)
Fri, Dec 06, 2013 08:03:09 GMT
 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie review; Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amanda Plummer; Director: Francis Lawrence; Rating: **1/2

The latest installment of the franchise created from Suzanne Collins's young adult dystopian trilogy, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is even more gut-wrenching, sleeker with raw emotions and engrossing than its predecessor, which released in 2012.

Yet, it lacks the elements to sustain itself as an appealing entertainer.

The film begins on a note of suspense, with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) killing a man, obviously by mistake and she redeems herself with, "I did what I did, to survive." This lays the foundation of the film's premise.

But over the next few scenes, the narration gets muddled with time and space not well established. You might survive this hurdle if you have read the book; the film does not help you sort this issue.

Over a few minutes of patient and concentrated viewing to figure out the tale, you realise that "...Catching Fire' picks up soon after the events of the first film.

After their rule-bending victory in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) of District 12 are forced to embark on a publicity tour. But instead of being euphoric and jubilant, there is a fine layer of tension brewing not only between the winners but also within the public.

The peace-keeping forces are having a tough time curbing the chaos caused by the rebels. A three-finger salute and graffiti on the city walls denotes the insurgence.

President Snow (Donald Sutherland) feels that Katniss' "act of defiance and not act of love" caused the uprising. And the best way to control the situation is to eliminate her. But how?

So he, along with the new game-deviser, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decide that in the next edition which is the 75th anniversary, instead of having a normal Hunger Games with fresh recruits, this time the surviving victors of the previous games would compete with each other.

The narration slides into the 75th Hunger Games and the games continue the same as in the 74th - but with a few added twists. Surviving in an uninhabited, yet orchestrated island is the task of the game.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' trailer - This is war!

The chore has psychological impact on the players. "It is not about trust, it's about staying alive." So, killing is the best option. The film gets engrossing and the tasks get more challenging with poisonous fog, rampaging baboons and warm blood rain.

The film solely belongs to Jennifer Lawrence. She takes Katniss to a new level. Her performance in the first edition was good but in "...Catching Fire", her involvement is definitely gradual and organic. Josh Hutcherson, like in the previous edition, is wasted.

Jena Malone is great as Johanna the tough girl from District 7 with a care-a-damn razor sharp tongue. Unfortunately, Donald Sutherland as the antagonist does not leave an impact on the audience. He is flaccid as any other incongruous character on screen.

Woody Harleson as Haymitch, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket provide amusing comic relief to the otherwise intense film. With layers of make-up and enhancements, their characters lack depth and enticing power.

Visually, director Francis Lawrence along with cinematographer Jo Willems has made "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" more appealing with brutal frames, unique camera angles and futuristic effects. They have also delivered unique frames with colours ripped off, and this adds a new element of darkness of this dark story.

Overall, though the director has stuck to the novel giving this reality game show a larger than life projection with alluring aesthetics, his conversion of the tale from the novel to screen lacks the required spark to make it an evocative film.

This film may appeal only to fans of The Hunger Games.

Watch: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson’s love triangle in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
When someone worthy proposes to me, I will think of marriage: Priyanka Chopra
 
I don’t think I’m beautiful or sexy: Katrina Kaif
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Watch: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’ teaser trailer
Watch: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’ teaser trailer
Movie Review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is a thrilling visual spectacle
Movie Review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is a thrilling visual spectacle
Movie Review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is a game changer
Movie Review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is a game changer
Video: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ clip; Jennifer Lawrence in action
Video: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ clip; Jennifer Lawrence in action
Tags :
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
, ,
comments powered by Disqus


 
Now Trending : Salman Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Ranbir Kapoor | Aishwarya Rai | Katrina Kaif | Kareena Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra | Poonam Pandey | Sherlyn Chopra | Alia Bhatt | New Hindi Movies

Photo Galleries 

Check out: Robert Downey Jr. in ‘The Judge’ poster

Asha Bhosle launches single ‘Bappa Morya’

Farah Khan, Kunal Kohli at ‘Decoding Bollywood’ book launch

Nargis Fakhri, Vaani Kapoor, Shamita Shetty at Aza store launch

Ayushmann Khurrana at ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ screening

Pix: Sonam Kapoor looks splendid at friend’s wedding

Abhay Deol, Gul Panag, Pooja Chopra at ‘Step Up: All In’ premiere

Shraddha Kapoor launches Filmfare cover
Wallpapers 

Raja Natwarlal Wallpapers

Jacqueline Fernandez Wallpapers

Gauahar Khan Wallpapers

Mardaani Wallpapers

Mad About Dance Wallpapers

Mary Kom Wallpapers
Hot Celebrities 

Shraddha Kapoor

Sushant Singh Rajput

Bipasha Basu
New Movies 

Raja Natwarlal

Step Up: All In

The November Man
Videos 

‘Raja Natwarlal’ song ‘Namak Paare’ featuring Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malick

Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor in freaky song ‘Fanny Re’

Watch two Suriyas in action-packed 'Anjaan' trailer

Trailer ‘Happy New Year’ starring Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika Padukone

'Daawat-e-Ishq' featuring Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra

Sonam Kapoor’s wild and sensuous side in 'Khoobsurat' song 'Engine Ki Seeti'


Copyright © ApunKaChoice.com
ApunKaChoice.com : Latest Bollywood News, Bollywood Movies Reviews, Bollywood Wallpapers
privacy policy
Partner Sites : Sports - CricketZone - IndiaExpress.com [ Mobiles Festivals Bikes Cars ] - CardWeaver

photo gallery - new movies - celebs - wallpapers - the celeb A-Z - News & Gossip - Music - Video - Hot Topics
Anushka Sharma - Katrina Kaif - Kareena Kapoor - Priyanka Chopra - Deepika Padukone - Sonakshi Sinha - Aishwarya Rai - Poonam Pandey - Sherlyn Chopra
Salman Khan ( Bigg Boss 6 ) - Shahrukh Khan - Shahid Kapoor - Hrithik Roshan - Aamir Khan - Ranbir Kapoor