This is my favourite movie of the year by a very wide margin.
The thing I'm always looking for as a movie fan is a film that works as both an incredible spectacle and cogent social commentary.
Catching Fire, for me, is another Blade Runner or Avatar.
Films like this give me hope that movies aren't entirely useless.
Basically Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) is a goddess - with her bow and regal bearing, she might as well have stepped out of a myth or fairy tale. She inspires awe.
Her battle against the corrupt government of Panem is truly epic.
I love how Lawrence has this perpetual look of fed-up disgust on her face. She knows she's too good for this crummy world and she can't help but show it.
She has so many killer scenes, where do I begin?
There's her tribute to fallen friend Rue. There's the part where she reveals her mockingjay dress. There's the bit where she saves Gale (Hemsworth) from being whipped to death, and gets beaten herself.
Then there's the countless moments in the Games during which she distinguishes herself as a classic movie heroine.
And wow that ending!
Truth is, the film is all one big fat killer scene.
I was moved to tears, yo.
As far as sequels go, the second part is always a tough act to get right.