Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a big bag of ‘meh’
Hunger Games: Catching Fire just left me with a lot of questions. From the inane “When did Jena Malone become super hot?” to “What did Joss Whedon say about Empire Strikes Back?”
However, the biggest questions it left me with is “What is the film trying to say?” and “Is this the zeitgeist of our times?”
There are plenty of dystopian teenage fiction stories out there to make the latter a valid question, but what do these stories capture exactly – hopelessness, the need for control in a world that offers you none, the recognition that big business has taken over and people can do nothing about it? What if we are in the Hunger Games?
The film does nothing to enlighten the viewer. It doesn’t even tell a complete story. In spite of those two things, the cast make this a film worth seeing. Especially Malone, Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland and Josh Hutcherson.
You are going to see Catching Fire regardless of what I say about it, and that is not a bad decision. At the very least, it will give you something to connect with other people around. However, if you think too hard about the movie, you might find yourself questioning your own place in our modern society.
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