With a better rating than the first film, Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been praised as an excellent film, which I don't quite understand. The first movie was a tense story of survival under impossible circumstances. The second film repeats most of the elements of the first film while making them seem less scary, but puts greater emphasis on political intrigue and political oppression. The movie frequently lets us know that events are leading up to political revolution, but I feel a little shortchanged when the revolution is delayed for the next movie. There aren't enough new elements in this film to make me want to heap tons of praise on it. However, there is enough of a story to be entertaining.
Rating: * * *