The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (quick movie review)

I’ll be straight with ya – I liked The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I liked the first one, too. Sure, the movie is close up and hand-held camera heavy (and the idea to back light the kisses gave us a nice clear shot of spit being shared between two young lovers), but at its essence, it’s a good story. That being said, I recommend that anyone who is a fan of action, adventure, visuals and performance check out these movies. I’m giving Catching Fire a 9 out of 10.

But, that doesn’t mean I can’t have some fun at the movie’s expense.

Here are the 5 most common stage directions found in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire script.

1. he kisses her
2. she kisses him
3. they kiss

Wow, Katniss gets her tonsil hockey on in Catching Fire! I believe the correct 1990s colloquialism to express enthusiasm in this situation would be, “You go, girl!”

4. they run
Like the first Hunger Games, everyone does a lot of running in this movie. It’s just the nature of the beast.

5. she cries

The only other thing Katniss does in this movie as much as she runs and kisses is cry. It’s justified as the story is packed with emotion, but every twenty minutes or so, Jennifer Lawrence has to turn on the water works.


She’s human after all!
Elizabeth Banks’ character really rounds out in this second flick – I didn’t see that coming and it was an enjoyable change of pace.

My car won’t start, my house is on fire, the dog just threw up on the carpet… better call Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Yeah, Philip Seymour Hoffman is awesome. Is there anything this guy can’t do? Basically, I’m saying Philip Seymour Hoffman should be in every movie. He classes up the joint just by showing up.

Stanley Tucci knows who the weakest link is and wishes them goodbye.
Does this guy have his character down or what? If Hoffman should be in every movie, Tucci should host every game show forever.

The President doesn’t delegate
Is it just me, or does Donald Sutherland’s character handle every little task himself? When his country bombs Future Iraq, he’ll be in the jet, pressing the red button. My feeling is that his character always takes the long way around the barn (why not simply hire someone to poison Katniss and just falsify the autopsy results?) with every issue, but if he didn’t, then there would be no story.

That was who?
Elizabeth Banks plays Effie Trinket – I had to look that name up because, honestly, I can’t remember anyone’s name in these movies. There’s Katniss, Pita, Prim and… uhm… other ones. It doesn’t matter exactly what their names are because the character sketches and/or costume designs are usually strong enough to stand on their own, but it would be nice to have names that go with the faces.

And my biggest Hunger Games regret is that it includes a character named Peeta.

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