The Hunger Games 2 release date has arrived, and the critics agree it's worth "catching fire."
Most films based on books usually fail to measure up to the level of quality that the book promises. Percy Jackson has had two movies so far, both of which were a critical joke compared with their sources. The Cat in The Hat was just a collection of inappropriate jokes in a movie made for kids.
On the other hand, you have Fight Club, Harry Potter, and the Narnia films, most of which actually shared a degree of success akin to their source material. The Hunger Games can so far be added to that list, according to the critics. This review roundup covers the long awaited sequel to the Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth vehicle, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
With the release date upon us, Hunger Games 2 aims to please, and hits the target dead on, according to Playlist. Director Francis Lawrence has outdone himself this time around, exceeding expectations in every way. The film expands on its thrills, themes, and characters, making it even better than its predecessor.
It seems President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is none too pleased with the rule-breaking shenanigans which allowed Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) to emerge victorious by threatening to eat poison berries instead of killing each other. This victory earned the duo the adoration of everyone in Panem for their rebellion for the sake of romance. Now they must face off with the last 25 winners of the competition, meaning they're going to have to be at the top of their game.
Empire Online says that the Hunger Games 2 release date has unleashed basically the same movie, only on a larger scale. The totalitarian organization is up to their old tricks, forcing a mining colony to fight to the death over a budget TV game show. Where the first movie was basically The Running Man crossed with Battle Royale, this one gives us the same plot.
Philip Seymour Hoffman does not impress as the supposedly most ruthless Games master alive, but by the end, we don't really care because the film is entertaining enough to make us forget we've seen it before. We still want to see Jennifer Lawrence prevail.
'Catching Fire' holding impressive 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes: http://t.co/yS0F3LSZWF (via @Hypable)
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The release date of Hunger Games 2 continues the unfortunate love triangle which forces Jennifer Lawrence's character into a trial of not only life and death, but also childhood friend and newfound romance, says Slant Magazine. Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth, is forced to watch the spectacle from his grimy, dirt-ridden home in district 12. The game can be beaten despite the rules, and the masters of the game are determined to force control in the end.
With Hunger Games 2's release date here at last, the critics agree that it's definitely worth seeing.