The early reviews are in, and top critics have officially fallen in love with Katniss… again! ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ doesn’t hit theaters until Nov. 22, but buzz from the industry’s brightest has been overwhelmingly positive.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had its world premiere in London on Nov. 11, and fans of the beloved book trilogy are already buzzing with excitement. Lucky for them, early reviews of the film have been stellar! Read on to learn what the industry’s top critics had to say.
‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Reviews: “Leaner, Gutsier, and Smarter”
After the turbulent events of the first film, Catching Fire will find Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in even hotter water than before. Her controversial actions in the first tournament did not go unnoticed — by the vicious President Snow (Donald Sutherland) or the unhappy people of Panem, who look up to Katniss as an inspiration to rebel. She’ll also have to deal with Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) heartbreak, Gale’s (Liam Hemsworth) displeasure at that controversial kiss, and the insanely high stakes of the Quarter Quell.
So, what does Hollywood have to say about the film? HollywoodLife.com swept the interwebs to find out, and finding a negative review was essentially impossible:
“Like Katniss Everdeen ducking a poison-tip arrow, the keepers of Suzanne Collins’s trilogy of fantasy novels have dodged the perils of the sloppy second franchise film. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is leaner, gutsier and smarter. In hand-to-hand combat, it would have the first film on the floor, trapped in a headlock, whimpering for mercy. Over two-and-a-half heart-pounding hours, it doesn’t drag for a second.”
“As before, Jennifer Lawrence is the superb center of it all and the massive success of this Lionsgate release is as certain as the turning of the Earth… Across the board, the new film boasts a noticeably spiffier, more confident feel than the first, even as the overriding impression is one of methodical responsibility to the source material.”
““The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” serves up food for thought and jolts of adrenaline in equal doses, which is more than most YA adaptations have managed to deliver. Dismiss it as a popcorn movie if you must, but at least they’ve bothered to serve it with real butter and truffle salt.”
“Though technically just the bridge between the lower-budget original and the two-part finale still to come, in director Francis Lawrence’s steady hands (gone are the previous film’s needlessly spastic camera moves) “Catching Fire” makes for rousing entertainment in its own right, leaving fans riled and ready to storm the castle.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do these rave reviews change your Nov. 22 movie-going plans ?
— Shaunna Murphy