Much praise has been lauded onto the sequel to 2012’s “The Hunger Games.” The film is well-directed, intense throughout, and boasts strong performances by a large ensemble cast, lead by currently the hottest actress in Hollywood, Jennifer Lawrence.
The biggest obstacle faced by filmmakers today is making familiar plot lines interesting and fun to watch. We have seen stories like these a thousand times before, but what separates the good from the bad is the execution of the story, the post-production, and the ability to avoid awkward, unintentional laughs.
It had occurred to me today that the story of Katniss Everdeen, a tale freedom and (reluctant) heroism set in a tumultuous political climate and led by a symbolic figure, is pretty much a carbon copy of the story of Maximus Decimus Meridius from “Gladiator”, played by Russell Crowe. I’m sure many others can name stories similar to this.
“Catching Fire” isn’t remotely genre-breaking, but it’s darn good entertainment and certainly worth the price of the ticket.