I loved the books. I didn’t remember if I saw the first Hunger Games movie, but headed to the second movie in the series, Catching Fire. I will make this short and sweet. I loved the movie.
It was long at about 2 ???? hours, but it didn’t feel like it. I was ready to sit through the third installment, but I will have to wait for it.
The scenery depicted on screen is very close to the way the books came to life in my head. And, another nice touch was how close the movie followed the book. It seems that in days (years) past, movies often took creative license to make the book work better as a movie. Not the case with either of the Hunger Games movies (I watched the first one after the fact on DVD), they followed the story in the books.
To my untrained eye, the visuals were excellent. From the arena with the space which can be controlled to influence the outcome of the games to the countryside with its beautiful mountains and plains and the devastation of the various districts, the details were amazing. Although, there were dark moments, I didn’t feel that it was a dark movie like a Batman, or even Thor.
The dialogue was enough to allow me to follow the story with ease. I have found from time to time that when a movie is taken from a popular book, it is assumed that the viewers know what is happening on screen without a lot of dialogue. I don????????t believe the directors assumed anything in this case.
However, there is a question that keeps jumping into my mind when I watch a show like this. Is society headed in that direction? Most shows I try to watch for the entertainment value, but there is a little of the high school English class which taught me to think a little more in-depth and make up reasons why the author wrote the book. (There always has to be a lesson.)
Any deep thoughts aside, enjoy The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I believe you will enjoy it.