This Rotten Week: Predicting Catching Fire And Delivery Man Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-11-17 12:26:47discussion comments
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Another dreary Sunday, but honestly, how down can anyone get when Katniss, Gale, that sap Peeta and the rest of the Panem subversives get together for another round on the big screen. Plus, Vince Vaughn is fathering a small community of kids. Those seem like cures for the gloomy Sunday blues.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Can you imagine a world in which the teenagers in our society are the ones we turn to as signs of hope and symbols of universal change? Teenagers are those who would upend the structure and fabric of statist oppression? Teenagers as the embodiment of selflessness with worldviews well beyond their years? Can you imagine? I canít because most of the teenagers I know are skinny-jean wearing, Snapchatting, egomaniacs hell bent on clogging up the local Starbucks in the morning as they get their pre-first period Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino and Instagram a pic of it for their friends. They couldnít pass their first driverís test, much less get out of the Quarter Quell alive.

And yet Suzanne Collins created a world in which these teenagers are the last vestige of freedom and free thought. Theyíve taken the world on their shoulders and seek to create change in any way possible. Yikes. The high schooler across the street from me canít even change a tire.

The first movie installment, I thought, perfectly captured the tone of Collinsí book, combining the gray and sullen atmosphere of District 12, the pomp and excess of The Capitol and the wild and bloody elements of the arena. It was excellent. This latest picks up where the first left off, both in story line, potential box office success and critical reception. The first Hunger Games (84%) was a hit across the board. making about a gajillion dollars (give or take a bazillion) at the box office and pleasing critics with the adaptation.

Catching Fireís director Francis Lawrence (Water Elephants-60%, I Am Legend-70%, Constantine-45%) has critics gushing as the flick stands at 97% through about thirty early reviews. The early ones tend to be the most positive, but it stands to reason this score will stick in the 90ís with this kind of head start. I see it dipping a bit as the week goes on, with some critics toeing trending a bit toward the middle, or just offering a few more contrarian views (channeling their inner Katniss maybe). But expect it to outscore its predecessor. And letís just hope we donít need teenagers to really save the day. The Rotten Watch for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is 90%

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