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Tanya Khoury: Blazing bright
November 29, 2013
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The excursion to the cinema commences with my fellow Hunger Games trilogy (adapted from eponymous novels by Suzanne Collins) fans. Yes, The Hunger Games books were just too addictive to put down; I am not ashamed to admit it. (Also the Young Adult Fiction is just too good of a genre not to be part of). So one year after the first film, the same crowd is gathered again waiting in anticipation to view Catching Fire armed with mixed popcorn and the best seats in the house; we wait for those games to begin.

For the fans of this genre and in particular this trilogy, you will know that this book involves a little more character buildup than the last one. And for those who haven’t read them and only follow the films then that’s ok too, you would not have had the entire detailed experience. But the two hours 20 minutes in this part embodies almost all of what is relevant in the book. The story is now focused on what happens after the main characters Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) come back from their battle and as they tour each of the districts they begin to see what has progressed since the time they had been away. The people of the districts do not want to be silenced and want to stand up against the Capitol, in particular President Snow played by the ever-so-cool Donald Sutherland. After a good hour or so into the film the actual “games” begin and I can see how that would frustrate people who have not read the books, it takes quite a bit of time for the buildup and all the action to start. I wasn’t complaining, the young adult in me was enjoying the adventure.

As with big blockbusters you can tell that there was no budget spared in the making of this film, and in comparison to the first installment this is a definite upgrade. A lot more sophisticated in battle scenes as well as styles. I mean with a designer like Cinna played by the man himself (Lenny Kravitz) there is not much more one can add. The film is entertaining, it is exactly what a fan of the genre and the books wants to see on screen, it feeds into all the imagination that one envisions when you read the stories and it works. I liked this part more than the first because I like the story and will feel the same when the next installment comes through, bigger and better than the last one. This is the thing with trilogies of this sort and with genres like these, and for this reason these films work and audiences will continue to love them.

I want to reiterate what I mentioned above, that these kinds of films cannot be compared to those deep drama-filled stories or indie flicks or even your marvel blockbusters; these films are particular and just like the Harry Potter phenomenon (I am not comparing, nothing will ever beat Harry Potter) these stories have the same impact with their audiences and will possess a similar following and loyalty, they will always be popular and you will always lose the criticism battle. Now go see the movie you fellow fans and “may the odds be ever in your favour”. My very biased rating: 7.9/10.

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