The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Posted on November 24, 2013


The Hunger Games:  Catching Fire – Katniss  (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), winners in the 74th Hunger Games, are on a victory tour.  Looking like Roman gladiators in their chariot, the twosome rides out to meet their cheering public.  Katniss is very Cleopatra-ish and talk about a smokey eye.  They are now seen by the inhabitants of their world as a sign of hope.  President Snow (Donald Sutherland) does not appreciate this and wants them dead, especially Katniss.  So guess who gets selected as the tributes for District 12 again.

The games begin around a saltwater lake.    Part of it is a force field.  Challenges include poisoned fog, ferocious monkeys, electrical lightning strikes, bird attacks, not to mention the humans with weapons.  It will keep your heart racing.

Some stupendous performances.  Woody Harrelson (Haymitch) and Elizabeth Banks (Effie) are toned down a little compared to last time.  Still in outlandish costumes, Banks is  spot on.  Stanley Tucci (Caesar, the emcee) in his gold colored Liberace suit and white white teeth is just excellent.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the head game master has this twinkle in his eye so you know he’s up to something.  Lenny Kravitz is Cinna, creative stylist and dressmaker.  Wait until you see Katniss in her wedding gown.  The girl is still on fire.

Can’t wait for the next installment.  KAT-NISS   KAT-NISS   KAT-NISS