CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"The Hunger Games Catching Fire" - Political Intrigue

**The Hunger Games Catching Fire** was buoyed by additional screenings on the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery 5 story IMAX screen. In the continuation of Suzanne Collins Young Adult novel, the visual scope was not utilized until the actual **Hunger Games** begins.  The extra viewing space provides both intimate details of personal survival, in contrast to the large scope of voyeuristic political intrigue.
After their unique victory in their first movie, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutchinson) fulfill their obligatory celebrity roles.  Through their humane victory, Katniss & Peeta  has sparked a quiet political evolution against the president (Donald Sutherland) and his oppressive policies. The president recruits Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) as his trust advisor to quell the rebellion.
The first half of **Hunger Games Catching Fire** drags a bit in the first half.  However one must realize that these expository scenes are setting up a four movie arch of the **Hunger Games** story,  When the **Games** begin, the character and story intensity picks up with personal violence and hidden character motives.  Like **The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers,** **Hunger Games Catching Fire** is an entertaining middle film that promises a fine conclusion.
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