Excerpt: Per dovere di critica (…e di botteghino), recensiamo questo secondo episodio della saga di Hunger Games. Ma ne avremmo volentieri fatto a meno. Perchè quando un film è fondamentalmente inutile, a che cosa può servire una recensione?
Excerpt: Secuela superior a su predecesora, en la que las lecturas críticas se multiplican en paralelo al espectáculo que ofrece. Buena demostración de que pueden lanzarse productos de calidad sin tratar a los adolescentes como sacos de hormonas sin cerebro.
Excerpt: Fans of the first installment will likely perceive an amplified adventure, but for those unimpressed by “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross’ efforts, the initial film proves to have dug the series such a deep hole that these actors playing these characters in this PG-13 setting only holds so much appeal.
Excerpt: It is a brisk, exciting, well-acted entertainment, and those elements, in addition to the built-in audience of Collins’ voracious readers, are the most logical explanation for the franchise’s massive popularity. But in viewing the two films back-to-back this week, another theory seems worth mentioning as well: the series’ political subtext, which is present and potent, yet flexible enough to latch on to the ideology of your choice.
Excerpt: While “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a fine film with plenty of action and a lot more to say than what we’ve seen recently in the hopeful young adult literature adaptations, the bookends to it keep it from being a great movie.
Excerpt: has greater emotional weight, higher consequences for its characters, its downtrodden masses supporting a Capital whose denizens indulge in hedonism a futuristic reflection of today’s great wealth divide in the United States.
Excerpt: The big differences this time around are a markedly less sentimental approach, and a generally edgier and tougher feel. These movies speak to their time better than some more artistically ambitious films.
Excerpt: Catching Fire does a brilliant job of taking a beloved work and turning it into a cinematic event. In scene after scene, director Francis Lawrence invigorates the words of Suzanne Collins’ novel into a fully realized picture that exploits the possibilities of the visual medium.
Excerpt: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is quite an improvement over the tepid and weak first entry in the proposed trilogy. Even though the best thing I could say about the first Hunger Games was “At least it wasn’t as horrid as Twilight”, I could still fully understand the challenges that came with adapting such a violent and depressing subject matter to tween PG-13 standards.
Excerpt: The second film in the incredibly successful Hunger Games franchise takes on a new, untested director and comes out as a fine middle chapter of what’s shaping up to be one of the great big screen adaptations.
Excerpt: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ does what a formidable sequel should to do in concept…capitalize on the enormous success of its predecessor and leave the audience wanting more in the second serving…jubilant, spellbinding and tactical.
Excerpt: A significant uptick over the first Hunger Games in terms of pacing and filmmaking style – though not necessarily story – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire represents a more-than-solid entry in the post-apocalyptic young adult franchise based on the bestselling novels by Suzanne Collins.
Excerpt:Catching Fire is an overall more confident effort than the original Hunger Games film. With its feet firmly planted, the series can now go about its business without feeling the need to establish everything.
Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Excerpt: The odds are in your favor if you show up an hour late!