Adaptations of books are often difficult to pull off, but 2012′s The Hunger Games (my review), based on Susanne Collins’ 2008 book of the same name, managed to be both a decent adaptation of the source material and a pretty good film, though it was certainly not without its shortcomings. When director Gary Ross was replaced by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), the question arose: will this new director be able to improve on Ross’ film, or will he make the same mistakes? I can happily answer that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is an improvement over the original film in every possible way.
I wanted to write my review last night (I do most of my writing for MovieByte at night actually), but I wound up needing to stay at work later than I wanted and was extremely tired when I arrived home. Thus, the review didn’t happen. I’ll be getting to it before the week is out I think, but in the mean time, head on over and read Chad’s review. I mostly agree with his opinion.