The 75th Annual Hunger Games Begins! 'Catching Fire' Hits Theaters
by Alex Billington
November 21, 2013
"People are looking to you, Katniss. You've given them an opportunity. They just have to be brave enough to take it." It's time. Hitting theaters everywhere this weekend is Catching Fire, the second movie in The Hunger Games series. It's exciting, it's deep, it's dark, it's one of the best sci-fi movies all year. Catching Fire should do incredibly well at the box office and I would go so far as to say that this is the next Harry Potter, this is the next Lord of the Rings franchise. Don't compare it to Twilight, compare it to those series in scope and scale and epicness. One review calls Catching Fire "the Dark Knight of Young Adult Films".
Inspired by the buzz and positive reviews of the film, I wanted to denote & celebrate the release of Catching Fire tonight. Here's an excerpt from Angela Watercutter's fantastic review of the sequel over on Wired.com:
Sometimes we go to movies to be moved – to experience emotional trials vicariously – and sometimes we go to them to escape. Catching Fire is the rare film that offers a chance to do both. For all of the oft-deserved flack the Hunger Games franchise gets for turning a story about class warfare into a full-bore money-making Subway-sandwich-tie-in Hollywood juggernaut, it still conveys a social message about the gruesomeness of social inequality, something most blockbusters wouldn’t touch. And it does it in a film that still feels like a rousing escape. It can be enjoyed and pondered simultaneously – a thinking person’s Pacific Rim.
Yes, it's that good. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, directed by Francis Lawrence, improves upon the first movie in many rich and robust ways, exploring the depths of the characters and the (dystopian sci-fi) world without overdoing anything. And this is only the beginning. We still have two more movies to wrap up the series in 2014 + 2015, both of which will be directed by Francis Lawrence. Even though Catching Fire is a complete movie of its own, it leads directly into the next half of the story and I cannot wait to see this end. Congratulations to Lionsgate, and to Jennifer Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins and everyone else involved. You've delivered one of the most exciting new cinematic franchises and may the odds be ever in your favor.
Catching Fire is now playing in theaters everywhere. IMAX is the best place to catch it, especially because there are 30 minutes shot on IMAX cameras. Enjoy your time at the movies! We'll be ready for Mockingjay.