Catching Fire: Better than the first?

RAGING FLAME. Jennifer Lawrence has been a firecracker of a superstar. Photo from the film's Facebook

The second film adaptation to the “Hunger Games” book series by Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire opened in the cinemas late last week – superior in a lot of ways to the first film. While it still supplies the popcorn escapism that blockbuster releases are meant to provide, Catching Fire manages to expound on the themes and ideas that have made The Hunger Games a step above the usual class of young adult fiction. The movie however doesn’t give fans any real insight into Katniss’ blossoming relationship with Peeta,  or her own conflicted feelings with her hometown love Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). The result of these hard creative decisions is a film that takes its time to fall in step, but breaks off into a blind sprint later on through.

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