The makers of part two of the Hunger Games saga are hoping the latest instalment, ‘Catching Fire’, does as well as the series opener, which did $200 million better business than the first part of the ‘Twilight’ trilogy.
The results had makers Lionsgate thinking they had a franchise up and running, so it is vital ‘Catching Fire’ keeps up the momentum.
Jennifer Lawrence returns as heroine Katniss, and her charisma, which made the first film so watchable, remains undimmed; the plot however lacks the spontaneity of part one.
This time the mass killing of young people grates somehow. Why does newcomer Jena Malone think worldwide audiences accepted the concept of death-matched children so readily?
“I think it’s the first time that a young adult audience was really treated as adult in the sense that they were given really great issues, really dark things, really probing ideas and they just laid it bare with really interesting characters and it doesn’t hinder us that we have the most amazing female protagonist ever, you know,” she said.
However, co-star Liam Hemsworth thinks the success of the story is solely down to the central character of Katniss.
“For a lot of young people, they look up to this girl Katniss because she manages to stay herself and not let the system change her,” he said.
‘Hunger Games – Catching Fire’ is out now.