actors), as well as having new writers, directors, and crew members brought on.
Director Francis Lawrence does a much better job than his predecessor Gary Ross at mixing the action scenes with emotional ones. The camerawork is superb as well, with none of the previous shakycam present. He also takes everything that Ross did right (like the emotional exchanges like I previously mentioned) and plays them up, to great effect. Not too harp too much on Lawrence, but it seems to me that he would do a terrific job if given a horror film. Some of the scenes when the Games begin are absolutely terrifying, and he finds ways to show violence in a PG-13 movie that are positively haunting.
There was also a new costume designer on this film, something I noticed after I paid attention to all the great new costumes that characters had. The Capitol citizens are supposed to be incredibly lavish, and they only just barely scraped the surface in The Hunger Games. Trish Summerville does a much better job at capturing the magic of costumes.
world is so interesting, and it is great to see that we got to understand a bit more about it. Along with this, it acts as an interesting commentary to our world, what with celebrity culture and reality television. Have we gone too far when it comes to being a part of celebrity’s day-to-day lives?
The cast continues to be stellar (if only those two boys could cooperate). New additions Jena Malone (playing Johanna Mason) and Sam Claflin (playing Finnick Odair) due a great job at portraying the anger and pain that has come with living the life of a victor. Props especially go to Jena Malone for what may be one of the most humorous scenes in the series (and one of the best J-Law faces out there). Donald Sutherland continues to develop Snow as a deep, intelligent adversary, and Woody Harrelson does a great job again as Haymitch. The stand-outs, again, (for me at least) are Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, and Jennifer Lawrence.
Let’s start with the two side characters first. We are being presented with two characters who outfits and colorations and so ridiculous that it would be easy to find them laughable. And, at times, they are. But if you look deeper into their performances, you can find little bits of acting that show a discomfort with what the Capitol is doing, especially to the beloved Victor pool. In the hands of other actors, that would be washed away. In these two talented actor’s hands, however, you find a great depth of character.
Jennifer Lawrence carries the film though (as the star, she really should). She portrays a depth that many could not fathom bringing to the screen, while at the same time bringing Katniss a vulnerability
Alrighty then. Check in tomorrow for the next Hunger Games installment.
Oh and for the grade? I give it an “A-”.
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