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Watch The Hunger Games Catching Fire Online Catching Fire succeeds in honoring the themes of the price of war that are the foundation of Collin’s books, while also being an incredibly entertaining and resonant film. And Lawrence once again embodies Katniss with empathy and steel, ============================================ CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL MOVIE==> CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL MOVIE==> CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL MOVIE==> ============================================ Watch The Hunger Games Catching Fire Online adding new facets to a fully-realized cinematic heroine that only cements her place as one of the most dynamic and human characters fronting a blockbuster franchise. Following in the footsteps of The Hunger Games director and co-writer Gary Ross, the keys to the Hunger Games kingdom have been handed over to director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and this time with a script from Oscar winners Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine). It was evident to me all three seemed to need to find their bearings as they entered this world for the first time, but once they found their footing things begin to progress nicely. It will be interesting, however, to see how Mockingjay turns out as Beaufoy and Arndt were replaced by Danny Strong (Lee Daniels' The Butler) for the two-part finale. As far as an overall handle on the franchise, Lawrence understands the nature of the situation at hand is enough to convince the audience things aren't good for the lower classes in Panem, he doesn't need to wallow in handheld shaky-cam depression. However, at just shy of two-and-a-half hours the film is easily 20 minutes too long, most from its opening hour as well as a few random, unnecessary asides. Yet, to its credit, the final 90 minutes or so are tightly woven and go by so quick the movie comes to a rather jarring conclusion not at all unlike the final, abrupt minutes of Matrix Reloaded. In fact, the two films share nearly identical final shots, and while it's in keeping with Suzanne Collins' books, as a movie it does leave the film feeling rather incomplete. Once we get out of the grey and dirtied outer districts the production design seems vastly improved from the first film, leaving the impression they actually spent some money and time considering what they were putting together. Additionally, the silliness of the Capital fashion doesn't seem as absurd as it did before as much as it seems a part of the landscape. This could obviously be as a result of familiarity with the so-called fashion, but I felt it was more attributable to Lawrence's ability to maintain focus on story rather than pointing and essentially saying, "Hey! Look at that guy's outfit! And her's too!" They include such stalwarts as Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer as Beetee and Wiress, two asocial geniuses whose brains set them apart from the other contestants’ brawn. Philip Seymour Hoffman drops in from the Land of Difficult Movies as Plutarch Heavensbee, a master gamemaker with an ironic gleam in his eye. The most unexpected treat may be Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, a contestant who’s older, wiser, and much angrier about the whole charade than Katniss dares to be. Once the unwilling players are deposited in the new arena — a jungle valley with an oddly segmented lagoon — “Catching Fire” mostly avoids armed conflict for the dramatic suspense of alliance and survival. “Remember who the real enemy is,” is a line said more than once, and the movie wants its audience to remember, too. The core cast performs ably: Hutcherson’s Peeta has acquired a lanky self-possession, Woody Harrelson hits his marks with wit and professionalism as mentor Haymitch Abernathy, and Elizabeth Banks actually gets you to feel sorry — a little — for the ridiculous Effie Trinket. As for Lawrence, any blockbuster series would be lucky to have her. Katniss carries the entire load of underground resistance on her shoulders — in one gloriously defiant scene, she seems to take wing with it — and the actress is able to register both the responsibility and unfairness of that duty. She could be this series’ Christ figure (and the director seems to suggest the comparison in a striking visual toward the end) if she weren’t surrounded by fellow rebels bent toward the same end. Alone among this movie season’s ambitious entries, “Catching Fire” is about unseen collaborations and secret teamwork rather than a lone hero conquering all. Yes, there’s a bit of kissing, but in general the whole does-she-love-Peeta-or-Gale subplot is downplayed, and, besides, Hemsworth’s Gale has yet to acquire anything resembling a character. (The actor’s the only one here who seems to think he’s in a “Twilight” sequel.) The other major problem with “Catching Fire” is its much-too-hurried wrap up and absurd cliffhanger ending, flaws that have been ported directly from the book. Such are the necessities of the modern Hollywood machine that we can’t enjoy one satisfying film but have to be hustled on, ever hungry, to the next installment. Still, this is as darkly powerful as mainstream fantasy moviemaking gets these days. “Catching Fire” is 2½ hours long, but the mark of its strength and craft is that it feels like it’s just getting started when the end credits hit.
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