Days ahead of the movie’s world premiere in London, a press screening for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was held for members of the press and media. Despite a strict embargo, a few early tweets and reactions have made their way online, and they’re almost all overwhelmingly positive.
One reviewer wrote, “So… Just attended a press screening for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and all I can say is wow!” Another one wrote, “Just been lucky enough to go to an advanced screening of @TheHungerGames. WHOA. Just….WHOA. Absolute must see.” Some seem to be surprised by the ending, with one tweet stating, “Just watched Hunger Games 2 …. Didn’t expect it to end like that! Clearly I haven’t read the books! Proper good though!”
However, there were some people that weren’t impressed. One reviewer by the name of Jacob Taylor [professional affiliation unknown] tweeted, “#CatchingFire was better than the first film but what an arrogant ending. Jennifer Lawrence’s makeup, well, at times she was serving clownfish. Expected Tucci to ask her to lip sync for her life. Pretty sure the director of #CatchingFire fast forwarded the film with his eyes shut, wherever he stopped determined that would be the end.”
It could be considered harsh, but he did say the film was better than the first one, and the first one is at an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With the strength of the early reactions, and the positive tweets that have been sent out so far, Catching Fire looks like it will definitely be at least on par with the quality of the first film, if not better.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire releases on November 22nd, and in addition to starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, it also stars Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, and newcomers Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin.