When The Hunger Games train arrived a few years ago I happened to miss it. I didn’t see a single film or read one of the books but today I finally got a chance to see The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I was excited. I knew the movies and books had become somewhat a cultural phenomenon and I wanted to finally know what the hype was all about.
I turned The Hunger Games on, kind of expecting it to be a disappointing movie experience and immediately I was riveted. There was something about the movie that drew me in and got me invested in these characters that I didn’t know but immediately wanted to know.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) was the type of heroine that I love to read in YA novels. She was fierce, unafraid to speak her mind, and unsurprisingly tough and efficient. I immediately liked her.
Peeta was a great character that I grew to like over the course of the movie. He was sweet and kind and I actually started to care about him.
By the time The Hunger Games arrived, I was just as afraid as Katniss at the very thought of the brutal competition. Like I said before, the movie was riveting. It made me cry, it made me gasp, but most importantly it made me happy. I felt relieved to finally see The Hunger Games and to learn that it was actually good.
I’ll give the film a 92 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed it that much.
And then I watched The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. At first, I was just as riveted. Katniss and Peeta had won The Hunger Games by putting on a front that they had both fallen in love but the charade had made President Snow (the main antagonist of the series) angry. She had unknowingly become a beacon of hope to the world and he wanted that idea of hope destroyed.
The first half of the movie is delightfully enjoyable and just as riveting as The Hunger Games was. There’s some romantic drama, tense moments, new characters and situations, but overall the movie was great. I was enjoying it so much. And then…the quality of the film plummeted so hard it felt like a cannon should be fired because the movie died.
I’m totally fine with romantic drama but it has to be designed right. Katniss, who I thought truly loved a lifelong friend of hers named Gale (Liam Hemsworth), instead had really fallen in love with Peeta. She ends up kissing both men a numerous amount of times, which isn’t exactly my style, before finally deciding that she once and for all loves Peeta. But at the end of the movie Gale, who sees her again, doesn’t know that she’s suddenly picked Peeta as her #1 lover boy. What is she going to do? Is she going to tell him she’s fallen in love with Peeta or is she going to keep on kissing him like as if she loves him? Ugh.
And then the actual Hunger Games was super boring. In the first film, The Hunger Games was super riveting…and I might add, super scary. In this movie, it became an action film, and I don’t mean that in a good way. The stakes weren’t as high because it seemed like Katniss was friends with nearly every competitor in the competition. The growing romance between Katniss and Peeta dominated nearly the entire second half of the movie. And the ending, I have to admit, was super wack. The film tried to end on a riveting cliffhanger but it didn’t play out the way it should’ve.
I’m giving The Hunger Games: Catching Fire an 84 out of a 100 and 3.5 out of 5 stars. This movie, unfortunately, caught sequel syndrome and I feel seriously disappointed because I enjoyed the first one so much.
Maybe one day I’ll try to finish the series but right now I need a break simply from all of the kissing. Gosh, Katniss. Will you just pick a guy already? 😒
I thank you for reading my review of the first two Hunger Games movies and I hope you have a fantastic day.