The First Reviews Are In! What Critics Are Saying About 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

The First Reviews Are In! What Critics Are Saying About 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Nov 12, 2013

Yesterday was the London premiere of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire — which finds the 74th winner Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and fellow victor Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the targets of the Capitol as a rebellion breaks out in the districts. The film hits U.S. theaters on November 22, but reviews are already flooding in.
Slashfilm reiterates that the series isn’t your typical blockbuster, with “layers of pathos and tension” in the mix. I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence is behind the camera for part two, and Slashfilm reviewer Germain Lussier compliments the filmmaker’s ability to expand on the world in the first film and balance “Katniss’ signature restraint with a rising rage as things bubble up around her.” He adds:The Hunger Games: Catching Fire improves on the first film in almost every way and is a wonderful addition to a growing franchise. Its flaws never overshadow the fact it’s a smart, inspiring Hollywood blockbuster.”
The Playlist’s Todd Gilchrist also praises the work, calling it a “monumental achievement, a massively entertaining crowd-pleaser that is thought-provoking and personally inspiring in all of the ways that it aspires to be.” And in case you were worried bout the series’ growing cast, fear not. Gilchrist tells us “each character gets a moment not just to shine but to define him — or herself in startlingly human terms.”

Meanwhile, the Telegraph shares that “Lawrence tears through the film like a cannonball. Her Katniss is all surface toughness and subterranean strife, until the second Panem’s television cameras start rolling, when she starts ladling on the caramel-gooey charm.” Reviewer Robbie Collin was most satisfied to spend more time in the Hunger Games’ “beguilingly oddball world.”
Star Wars comparisons have abounded amongst critics, due to the film’s social commentary slant, and Variety expounds upon that parallel, stating “the film runs circles around George Lucas’ ability to weave complex political ideas into the very fabric of B-movie excitement.” As pure entertainment, Variety’s Peter Debruge believes Catching Fire is a “rousing” good time, “leaving fans riled and ready to storm the castle.”
You really can't ask for more than these glowing reviews, so share your excitement for the sequel in the comments, below. Keep your eyes peeled for our own review the week of the film’s release.



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