It’s hard to believe that it has only been a year and a half since The Hunger Games came out. There has been a string of young adult books adapted into movies following the success of Harry Potter, most of them featuring an up and coming young actor in the lead surrounded by Hollywood veterans, usually fighting against some oppressive regime. The Hunger Games was no different. Jennifer Lawrence was aiming for her big break and Lionsgate was looking for a new cash cow.
The film itself wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really good either. Suffering from a small budget and a weak screenplay it fell comfortably into the “good enough” category and made enough money to warrant adapting the rest of the series into movies.
It’s a good thing too because where The Hunger Games was just good enough, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is actually really good.
Next week the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire will be released. As it’s the second part in a trilogy what better way to spend this weekend than catching up on the first part?
The Hunger Games is set in a future dystopia where kids are forced to fight to the death every year. Jennifer Lawrence stars in her first big lead role. Unless you live under a rock though, you know all this. So check it out at the links below. These are affiliate links to help us keep the lights on. You may need to turn off your ad blocker, so we humbly request you do so.
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The Hunger Games, like it or not, was a huge hit last year. I didn’t think it was bad, I just wished it were better. So here’s the first teaser for the second movie, Catching Fire:
To be fair, there’s a lot we don’t see here and it is just a teaser, but it any of this is as well executed as it looks and the cast brings their A game (which they are all more than capable of doing) then this might end up being great. Hopefully.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes out this November.
After an awesomeness Friday last week we’re back with more hard hitting content and opinions on the state of pop culture! Listen along as we talk about Birds of Steel and Gran Turismo 5, follow up with reviews of The Hunger Games and the underrated Paul Rudd Jennifer Aniston rom com Wanderlust!