Monday, December 8, 2014

Movie Review - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1



Last weekend, I got the opportunity to finally catch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

I'm a big fan of The Hunger Games; I would place this trilogy right after Harry Potter if I'm being serious. It's really dramatic, well written and keeps you on edge.

If you ask me, personally I don't think this film should have been split into two parts because the story isn't even that long! But, for marketing purposes, I suppose it'd make more money in the long run.

Mockingjay is the third and final installment of The Hunger Games series. It instantly picks off where Katniss is rescued after destroying the previous games. In this film, she's the symbol of hope and retaliation against the Capital and all the districts are going into war.

Here's the thing about Mockingjay Part 1: it's a filler.

It ends of right at the climax of all the action (if you follow the books). It is literally a two hours tease for Part 2. It's ridiculous.

The first hour of the film is boring. Yes, it is. My friend was about to fall asleep because it was really dry. This movie lacked action... a lot of action. Yes, there were scenes of things blowing up but that only lasted for about two minutes. The most dramatic scene was perhaps when Katniss finally reunites with Peeta, and if you've seen the film, you'll understand why. And hopefully agree as well.

Admittedly, Jennifer Lawrence's acting was great, as it can get in this film. I think this film really suppressed her acting skills, but don't get me wrong, there are scenes where the killed it, but overall, JLaw's talents were held back tremendously. There's a lot more Liam Hemsworth than in the previous two combined but he utters a few sentences that makes you question his acting abilities. Then there's Josh Hutcherson that makes you cringe everytime he comes on the screen because that's one ugly tuxedo he wears in this film.

Is this film worth it? If you're a big fan, sure, it's worth it. If you're not, you can personally skip this one and probably pick up all the action in part two. I was warned that this movie was a filler but I went in with somewhat high expectations.

Lower your expectations. The previous two films were great for me, and unfortunately this one was a let down.

Have you guys seen Mockingjay Part 1 yet?
Did it blow you away or did you walk out of the theaters saying, "Eh..."?

2 comments:

  1. I haven't got around to seeing it yet but I didn't know it wasn't receiving rave reviews! Maybe I'll just wait for the DVD.

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  2. I haven't gotten around to watching it (yet) but I really want to! I've always finished a saga and I am not about to break that tradition now! Haha. I have heard the same thing about it being a 'filler' so I'll be going in with eyes wide open! Good thing that I think Liam Hemsworth is a complete babe ;)

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