These films continue to impress. One of my favourite parts about the Hunger Games films is learning about the world of Panem (I haven't read the books, so everything I know is from the movies), and the plot heavy Mockingjay - Part One is heavy on the world building that began to pick up pace in the previous film.
I can understand why some people might have found the movie a bit slow, but it suited me just fine.
Re-watched in preparation to watch Mockingjay Part One. Catching Fire is an extremely well crafted movie, with overall very good performances and fantastic world building. Revealing more of how the Capitol works really drew me into the world, a lot more than the first film did.
I think that the change of director to Francis Lawrence was obviously a good choice, because in my opinion the quality of Catching Fire is a big step up from the first film.
Rewatched on Blu-ray. The film definitely still packs a hell of a punch. Certain elements have dated, but overall it holds up even now. The special effects, which were state of the art at the time, are still impressive in their own way. Basically, this is one of the greatest action movies of all time and I'll always love it.
I hadn't seen this film since I first watched it in the cinema 15 years ago, so it was basically like a brand new film for me. Honestly, I really enjoyed it. Martin Campbell obviously made a conscious decision to go for a very classic, old-movie vibe when directing this and I think it pays off.
The sword fights are fantastic, and the stunt work in general is great. The chemistry between all of the actors is spot-on, too. The movie is a bit too long, but I was never bored during any of it.