I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this one. Not only did I like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire better than the first Hunger Games movie, but I think I liked it better than the book from which it was derived. It hit all the high points, and less time was spent whinging about choosing between two men. Nothing felt tedious or drawn out, the things that were cut I didn’t miss. +Alina Cole, my lovely wife, felt the same way. Jennifer Lawrence did a nice job, Stanley Tucci was excellent as usual.
We chose to see this, on the last day of vacation, in lieu of The Desolation of Smaug or 47 Ronin.
I think of this and Frozen, it’s hard to choose between them in terms of how to spend roughly two hours of your time. Very, very different movies, of course.
If this team can do for Mockingjay what they did for this installment, it’ll be a pretty good overall trilogy. They’re making good choices on pacing, and what to ditch and what to keep from the books.