After about one and a half year since the release of the first Hunger Games movie, the sequel is finally out. I’m glad that it is better than the first movie. The casts and visual effects are still as amazing, and more importantly, the story explains more about the rationale behind the hunger games. Putting people into the ring to see them fight each other is always exciting to watch, that’s what all the first movie is about and it’s boring. Good thing is, the second movie is taking a wider angle on the story.
I appreciate how the sequel has finally explained what’s the president’s been plotting. You would have guessed it on the first movie but it’s clearer and more convincing now. He harnesses his power by spreading fear to the poor and satisfying the rich. He controls both of the groups and the hunger games is what keeps his plan running. When Katniss broke the game tradition, he sees it as a tinder of a fire that could burn his reign, so he wants to rectify it. Too bad for him the revolutionary spirit has already been there among the people and Katniss inspires them to take the chance. (Sounds like politics today? Yes, that’s a pretty straightforward metaphor there, I personally find it so-so, despite how everyone thinks the otherwise.)
So is anyone shocked by how the story turned out in the end? I mean, that’s the kind of finale that makes a movie so much better. It’s unexpected, and the characters have done such great job to make you believe who they are, when they are not. The best part is, Katniss was just as clueless as we were throughout the story so we could relate her feelings. When the truth reveals, it gives me the huge feeling of contentment. It’s like, there’s finally a true revolution happening after all the sacrifices! That’s something the first movie has missed and it’s also something that makes the sequel a good one. I would say you haven’t really watched the hunger games yet without watching this sequel, they must be put together to make a perfect circle.
To conclude, the hunger games series is quite a quality entertainment. You’d definitely find it enjoyable to watch if you just want a good, relaxing night on the couch with your Pringles. There’s nothing too serious, too bloody, or too dark in there. A good choice for teens or family. However, despite how I am starting to appreciate the hunger games, I am still quite confused by the mindset of the people in Capitol. They send people to die in the game, but they feel touched by a love story. It’s like “I don’t care to let you die but I’d love to see you kiss.” This still looks a little bizarre to me.