Last year I initially ignored the original The Hunger Games movie, but later gave it a chance. While I thought it was a great movie, my fiancee Daisy fell in love with the series. She soon read all the books, and couldn't wait for the movie sequel. While I didn't read the books (though I knew some of the story), I was also excited for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The story starts a little less than a year after the end of the first, with Katniss and Peeta under the watchful eye of the tyrannical President Snow. He views their love-story victory in the 74th Hunger Games as an act of defiance to his government. He confronts Katniss about her becoming a symbol of hope for the oppressed people of Panem and wants to changes that.
Knowing she has little choice, Katniss agrees to follow Snow's orders in his hopes to calm down any rebellion in Panem. Katniss and Peeta pretend to be madly in love and grateful to President Snow but opposition to Panem's leader grows stronger by the day. Snow is angry, and comes up with a new version of the Hunger Games where the participants are all previous champions. All of this in done in the hope that Katniss will lose.
While I never read the book, I really did like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While the story might at first seem like it would be a case of deja vu, it does hold plenty of surprises. I loved the story, and the action scenes are still exciting and top-notch. I'd hate to rush to judgement here, but it might be my favorite film of the year.