Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

So, The Hunger Games are back, and Mr. President Snow is back with a vengeance.

After all that fighting and suffering and pure torture that both Katniss and Peeta suffered, we were left to think that finishing the Games was a true victory.

Well, wrong. Because Snow still hates the guts of our little Mockingjay, so he kinda wants her dead.

I loved the fact that J-Law managed to convey horror and terror so well. Her face may be ugly while doing it, but that doesn’t mean she can’t act the hell out of desperation.

I loved that Peeta seemed to be multidimensional this time, as opposed to the blank little boy I’ve seen in the first installment.

I loved the resignation on Gale‘s face, even after he kissed Katniss.

I loved that Katniss’ mother (still known as „Mrs. Everdeen” and nothing more) was a real help, and I loved how Prim started to carry her weight like a, well, boss. A medicine boss, while we’re at it!

Haymitch starts to unveil himself and he proves to be a part of a bigger plot than initially though, so… Kudos for Haymitch, you funny drunk you!

Cinna is episodic, but his final scene is tragic and his death proves to Katniss the ruthless of the system.

Speaking of Katniss, she seems a little off at times, maybe it’s because she doesn’t know who to protect first, maybe it’s because she’s just a child with a heavy burden. I don’t really know, but the girl can act, be it a good or a bad situation.

Finnick is arrogant and gorgeous, almost like I was picturing him while reading the book, but the beautiful Sam Claflin managed to give depth to this amazing character otherwise depicted as very simple.

Johanna is gorgeous too, a wild beast that mocks the Capitol with a smile on her face, but her role is still kept at a minimum, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens next with her.

All in all, this second part of the franchise is more compact, loaded with action (I’m looking at you, Francis Lawrence!) and filled with the necessary desperation and urgency that the first movie lacked so bad. I can’t wait to see how it will all pan out, when all the political strings will be pulled by the right person(s).

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