Last night Sydney Social 101 braved the pouring rain for the screening of The Hunger Games 2 at the IMAX. I’ve only seen a handful of films at the IMAX but I know it makes a film a whole lot better. This is one film that needs to be seen on the big, big screen.
I enjoyed the first Hunger Games more than I thought. I was expecting it to be a bit childish and along the lines of Twilight but I was pleasantly surprised. I had high hopes for the sequel.
The original film helped to launch Jennifer Lawrence to fame as Katniss Everdeen. Now she is seen as a hero and someone to look up to after winning the previous hunger games. She is joined by John Hutcherson who plays Peeta Mellark. They are the first people to survive the hunger games as a pair, usually only one leaves alive. It is because they are in love that they were allowed to live. Though the whole ‘romance’ was a lie and this film sees the deceit continue as they need to keep pretending to keep out the reaches of President Snow, Donald Sutherland, who runs the hunger games. He wants to keep the 12 districts in line but everyone now believes there is hope and the possibility of uprising.
The film spends a lot of time outside the hunger games, taking a look at a few of the districts and how they differ. But things soon change and in a twist to the games when Katniss and Peeta find themselves back in an upgraded version of the games. The cast is joined by Philip Seymour Hoffman who is now in charge of running the games. As always Hoffman’s acting stands out above everyone else in the film. The rest of the main cast are joined by Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanly Tucci and Lenny Kravitz. All are excellent in their over the top performances. Then there is a new group of challengers ranging in age and bringing a number of different personalities.
I would love to tell you more but I don’t want to spoil the film. Be prepared that this is part of a trilogy and the story doesn’t finish here! There are quite a few emotional scenes at the begining of the film. My friend said she teared up a few times, I obviously didnt being a guy!
The film opens in Australian cinemas on the 21st November.
Sydney Social 101 gives ‘The Hunger Games : Catching Fire’ 8.5/10. If you are a big fan of the first movie then you will absolutely love the sequel. Make every effort possible to see it at the IMAX!