I am a big fan of the series, as well as the first movie. And to put this in two words, this movie is on. point. I actually think it was better than the first. The switching of directors was actually a blessing in disguise. There was no shaky cam! The cinematography is beautiful. I can’t get over it. But for me, the cast really elevates it. Jennifer Lawrence proves once again why she is an Academy Award winning actress. She was brilliant. The returning cast is also on it. Especially Elizabeth Banks. She shows a complete transformation from the last movie. The addition of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin is perfect. I’m in love. Something I also enjoyed was the switch of focus to a more politically fueled Games. They could have fallen into the trap of doing the Games back to back and them being the same. But this succeeded, as the book did, in making the Games just as interesting. Yes, it’s long, but honestly, I barely noticed. This is a brilliant sequel and it makes me super excited for Mockingjay.