The message of Suzanne Collins’s YA series, The Hunger Games, seems pretty straightforward: Poverty is bad, capitalism is bad, having children fight each other to the death is bad, “reality” celebrities are bad, The Capitol and District 1 (maybe 2) are kind of bad, having nice clothing is bad, Peeta sucks.
But since Catching Fire and its subsequent sequels confuse that point with a bunch of other stuff (mostly CGI) corrupt the best of intentions, the original book’s themes can get kind of lost.
But that’s why we have Sesame Street to break it down for us.
Excessive, over-produced, obscenely over-budgeted and utterly pointless, this second installment in the overrated trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins is nothing more than recycled ideas and stale CGI effects that seemed fresh and exciting the first time around the track but now hobble through the paces with the energy of a plow horse. As a wearer of distance glasses, I hate the revival of 3-D, a silly gimmick for kids from the 1950s that blighted everything from Bwana Devil to Kiss Me Kate then mercifully died out with House of Wax. So I was glad to watch the first Hunger Games without the discomfort of one pair of glasses worn over a second, and I didn’t miss a thing. I can live without another flying spear. This time, I saw part two in IMAX, a format that is a great advancement over 3-D but did nothing to improve this movie.
At the very least, even if you aren’t planning to do a marketing tie-in with Catching Fire, maybe you should check out the title of the series and realize that The Hunger Games and “Footlong” don’t really belong in the same sentence?
It’s a far cry from Capote: Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, next to be seen in P.T. Anderson’s Scientology drama The Master, is to play Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire, the next installment in the Hunger Games series. Plutarch is the “gamemaker”–the gent who oversees the operations of the deadly competition in which Jennifer Read More