Production- Lionsgate|Nina Jacobson|Jon Kilik
Director- Francis Lawrence
Editing- Alan Edward Bell
Cinematography- Jo Willems
Original Score by- James Newton Howard
Sound Mix- DOLBY ATMOS|Dolby Digital|SDDS|Datasat
Cast- Jennifer Lawrence,Josh Hutcherson,Liam Hemsworth,Woody Harrelson,Elizabeth Banks,Lenny Kravitz,Philip Seymour Hoffman,Jeffrey Wright,Toby Jones,Sam Claflin,Jena Malone,Lynn Cohen,Amanda Plummer,Meta Golding,Bruno Gunn,Alan Ritchson,Stephanie Leigh Schlund,Stanley Tucci & Donald Sutherland.
The Hunger Games Catching Fire….This is a sequel to “The Hunger Games” which is adapted from Suzanne Collins‘ novel, Catching Fire which is part of the trilogy. When the first movie came out it was not hyped neither there was expectation, but it favored the audiences who like franchise movies. The makers have lined up the sequels every year, and we will see the final part The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1(2014) & Part 2(2015). That’s better than dragging it out for years.
This one directed by Francis Lawrence from the fame of “Constantine” and “I am Legend” has given a very strong sequel. Usually the sequels fail to impress, but this one does more than impressing you. The movie picks from where “The Hunger Games” was ended. It starts with the Victory Tour, on which there are sudden turn of events which leads to a dire decision made by the peacemakers, resulting in 75th annual Hunger Games were you find all the victors over the years back in the game. Francis Lawrence maintains the intensity right from first frame. He have set the movie on fire with compelling screenplay by Simon Beaufoy & Michael deBruyn. The love triangle was handled subtly which shows that neither Peeta nor Gale are able to lay a finger on the fiery Katniss.
Jennifer Lawrence who is hardly few movies old is on top of the charts, and a Academy Award winner. Her character Katniss is very well worth applauding, The girl on fire suits her well. She brings in grave intensity to the movie, she is strong, loving and passionate.The first sight of her on screen was welcomed with great applause by the audience which showed how many fans we have for “The Hunger Games” which was surprising. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta is a perfect ally for Katniss, his innocence and deep love for her is unmissable. Liam Hemsworth as Gale did a fine job, I’m sure he has more role in the following sequels. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch was great, Donald Sutherland as President Snow was little sloppy, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman was vibrant,Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair was charming, who in fact is favorite with the lady fans, there were major hooting by the girls in the hall and I saw few wearing his t-shirts, well he must be something to watch out in the sequels.One character which I feel underplayed was Plutarch Heavensbee by Philip Seymour Hoffman, I’m sure he will be shown better in the sequels.
The film has been crafted with great VFX, the Capitol looks amazing so is the dense forest. Cinematography by Jo Willems is mind blowing,complimented with Alan Edward Bell‘s tight editing, which held the long movie not lose its grip. James Newton Howard‘s score was great, the theme track was haunting all the way and just stays with you even after you leave the cinema hall. The movie was well recorded on DOLBY ATMOS which was a treat to the ears, especially there is a scene in the forest involving birds which will give you a life like experience sweeping you off the ground.
This franchise has given hope to the movie buffs another reason to catch the upcoming sequels, Francis Lawrence will be directing them as well, he has smoothly directed this one and enriched it with deeper exploration,which is a toughie. He gave Jennifer as Katniss an image which you will follow where ever she goes. Catching fire ends abruptly leaving you longing for Mocking Jay. Definitely worth a watch, especially for the fans of “The Hunger Games”. “May The Odds be ever in your Favor”.