The Hunger Games: Catching Fire picks up directly after the events of the first film, following Katniss Everdeen as she returns home to her district with fellow winner, Peeta. While winning was essential to their survival, it also means the two tributes have to embark on the Victor's Tour, where they visit each district. Going district to district, Katness and Peeta sense a rebellion simmering among the districts, which leads President Snow to announce the 75th Annual Hunger Games, a competition between previous victors, which threatens to change everything. Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpasses its predecessor in nearly every way, though it still falls short of being something truly interesting. Catching Fire has the same principle problem as its counterpart, being a very watered-down, boring social commentary that lacks the bite it needs to let its themes flourish. Being made with a younger audience in mind, Catching Fire is full of silly exposition, spelling out its themes and ideas in such a blunt way where subtlety is nowhere to be found. That being said, Catching Fire manages to capture the despair and desperation of these poor districts in a way the first film couldn't. I found the first part of the film, where Katniss and Peeta are on their "Victor's Tour" to be far more compelling and engaging than the later half, effectively helping the viewer understand the desperate state of the districts. While The Hunger Games series is a victim of its own young audience, Catching Fire is smarter and more interesting than its predecessor in every way.
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