‘New Hunger Games film more brilliant than the first’

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Film review by Helena Kealey

For the average 20-somethings raised on Harry Potter and/or the first Twilight books, The Hunger Games is the new massive, donate-your-student-loan-to-Cineworld, kind of a deal.

It begins with the Hunger Games trilogy of books, by Suzanne Collins, which are not only about strength and empathy, they’re about mental fragility and loss.

And they star a kick-ass, murderous female lead.

This is sci-fi for the pseudo nerds, and the latest film, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is more brilliant than the first.

The film follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she, almost inadvertently, sparks rebellion across the 12 districts of Panem following her defiance of the Capitol in the televised Hunger Games of the previous film.

Battling for her family, freedom and life alongside Peta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Katniss treads a dangerous tightrope, scared to foster a civil war, but disgusted by the control and cruelty administered from the Capitol.

A second Hunger Games that the Capitol hopes will destroy both her and her image throws the pair back into the arena, sparking outrage and robbing Katniss of her secure hold on life once more.

Jennifer Lawrence is so wonderful in this role and the visuals are so excellent that the latest film is in many ways better than the books, giving more soul and reasoning to the themes laid out by Collins.

Get down with the kids. You won’t regret it.