Premiers in Cannes, New York and LA are creating tons of buzz over the second installment of the Hunger Games series. Its star, Jennifer Lawrence, is quickly becoming a Hollywood A-lister. With movies like Silver Linings, and American Hustle coming up later in the year, Jennifer Lawrence is commanding much respect at the box office.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE opens on November 22, 2013.
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REVIEW: ★★★★☆ 4 of 5 stars
Mac’s two cents: The first thing I noticed about the film is the increased production value across the board. Better sets, better effects, better shots and even better acting than the first. If you liked the first one, or the books, you are sure to like this one. A lot of new fun characters and actors, (Jeana Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman) and many returning favorites (Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz). If you don’t like SCI-FI and YA (Young Audience) dramas, then you might want to catch another film over the Thanksgiving holiday. As for me? I thought it was fun. I liked the new dangers, the added story lines and the build up to the next two movies in the series. This seems like a more matured version of the first.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” exploded into movie theaters over the weekend, burning up box office charts with $161 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, distributor Lions Gate Entertainment Corp said. The sequel to 2012 smash hit “The Hunger Games” scored the biggest November opening ever and recorded 2013′s second-biggest debut, short of the $174.1 million for superhero sequel “Iron Man 3″ in May. “Catching Fire” stars Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, the skilled archer who becomes a beacon of hope for an oppressed society.