No matter what the critics think about the next Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, it’s going to be an enormous success no matter what. Still, we’re definitely curious if the next installment is any better or worse than the original, especially considering original screenwriter / director Gary Ross (Big, Seabiscuit) didn’t come back for another go round. (He was replaced by I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence.)
The Hollywood Reporter also wrote that “Catching Fire runs no risk of disappointing its absolutely ravenous target audience…this is a safe, serviceable, carefully crafted action drama in which the subversive seeds planted in the first story take welcome root. As before, Jennifer Lawrence is the superb center of it all and the massive success of this Lionsgate release is as certain as the turning of the Earth.”
Again, the movie’s going to make a ton of dough no matter what, and The Hunger Games should still be the hot thing for at least another year or so. It’s certainly more tolerable than teen vampires, and we hope the next two installments will grow even better from here.