When it comes to teen novels that have taken the world by storm, I can freely admit that the only series I have actually read was Harry Potter, of which I loved both the books and the film adaptations, but others such as Twilight and The Hunger Games books, I’ve just got no reason to read. But, I happily watch their film adaptations, as a cinematic experience of these books is a much quicker way of finding out what all the fuss is about rather than reading all the books, or even one for that matter.
With the Twilight series being the pinnacle of these types of films, is a double edged sword for me, as that’s a series I love and hate in equal measure. Because of that it makes me look at these other teen novel adaptions with an eye that I may also love and hate them. So when I saw the first The Hunger Games movie last year, I was actually pleasantly surprised that I did rather enjoy it, though it was far from perfect.
So on the weekend, when I was away on a min holiday with a mate, we happen to walk past the local cinema, where they were playing the second film in The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire. I knew that I was going to see this at some point, but I didn’t think my mate would like that type of film, but with a couple hours to burn we decided it was worth giving a go.
As expected, the audience was pretty young, loud, and rather obnoxious, but such is life, and I tried my best not to let that spoil the film, or skew me in any negative way. As the film developed though, I was pretty happy to see that it was in fact better than the first one in many ways, maybe because I knew the characters more, or maybe the filmmakers didn’t have to spell out things as much. But either way, I thought it was really solid for the first two thirds.
Sadly, once they reached the arena, things started to drop a little bit, which is exactly what I thought about the first film. At the end of the day, it’s hard to tell these kinds of stories where people hunt and kill each other, as this style is normally left for b-grade action/horror movies, but there is the odd classic film that pulls it off perfectly, such as The Running Man, and Battle Royale.
So though I felt the film didn’t nail the hunting and killing element, it was still a really enjoyable film and it did leave me looking forward to the last two films which will both come from the third and final book in the series. This film will surely go onto do massive numbers at the international box office, as I’m sure a teen and young adult audience will get a lot from it, and for the older more discerning of us, well there’s still enough in it to keep us happy.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!