#4 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Two years ago I read all the “Hunger Games” books during a sunny summer in Toronto. I don’t get to read many books (you may have noticed Páraic and I are held at gunpoint and forced to watch a lot of movie filums) but these were lovely, digestible “Young Adult” stories about a dystopic future where the world has been chopped up into districts who have to compete against each other in annual fight-to-the-death competitions. So Battle Royale for teens as every reviewer reminded us.
The first film was fine but felt kinda cheap and overlong. It did however confirm Jennifer Lawrence as a remarkably diverse actress capable of going from fare like this to the more frenetic world of David O. Russell in Silver Linings Playbook.
Trailers for the sequel look like things have been tightened up a lot and it feels like there’s been a bit more of a budget set aside for sets, C.G.I. and daft wigs. Plus it’ll tide us over with a JLAW fix until American Hustle hits on December 20th.