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Could it be better than the first film – by golly yes!
on 13 July 2014
Set shortly after their pyrrhic victory in the first instalment, we re-join Katniss and Peeta as they’re herded about by the media being forced to support the establishment while the rumblings of revolt, started by their defiance in the Games, grow ever louder. To quell the popular uprising, the odious President Snow inaugurates a special version of the games with the aim of accidentally-on-purpose getting the rebellious pair killed.
This movie is much darker and more emotionally involving than the first, dealing deeply with themes of love, betrayal and honour but it is, by no means, dull and introspective. Totalitarian brutality is never far from the surface in the downtrodden Districts during the lead-up to the games and once they commence the contestants form unlikely allegiances serving to both unite the districts and thwart the President’s intent.
The cinematography and CGI are of course stunning, the whole look and feel dovetails seamlessly with the first film and the whole thing has an almost Potter’esque (Harry, not Dennis) feeling of continuity as we follow the physical and emotional development of the tributes. As with the first film, the cast are great, the action never stops and the whole flashy package is smartly executed, but this second movie is far less superficial. But put all that cerebral stuff to one side… the ending!!! OMG - as the really annoying text-speak puts it – how can they do that to us?
The next, eagerly awaited instalment in the franchise, “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” is scheduled for US release November 21, 2014 but us lesser mortals are probably going to have to wait the best part of a year before it’s out on Blu-ray. Oh yes … we shall be re-watching the previous movies in fervent anticipation.