Francis Lawrence returns to direct the final cinematic adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel series. From literary phenomenon to enormously popular blockbuster series, The Hunger Games have become a staple of the cinematic calendar, just as enduring heroine Katniss Everdeen and lead actress Jennifer Lawrence have become household names. Once a face in the crowd, Katniss has become a liberator of a revolution and a wielder of enormous responsibility. Her strong will, integrity and selflessness when faced with life-threatening stakes has made her a source of inspiration for many. A refresh of the events in Part 1 are not supplied here – the story continues immediately – so it is recommended that you familiarise yourself before delving into the finale. Unfortunately, the over-attenuated Mockingjay Part 2 will likely serve as a satisfying resolution for die-hard fans of the novels, but for those who have enjoyed the films and are eagerly seeking closure, it possesses the same issues that plagued Part 1.
The sequel to the surprisingly nuanced The Hunger Games, Catching Fire re-introduces us to the compelling Katniss Everdeen, one of the most intriguing literary/film heroines this side of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander. But as history has shown, it’s a slippery slope indeed when a sequel gets greenlit. My review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire after the jump.