You may remember my glowing review of last year’s Catching Fire, and how I mentioned in the review that I didn’t very much care for the first movie, The Hunger Games, and that the second one solved quite a few of the film’s problems. Well, rest assured, I won’t be comparing Mockingjay Part 1, the third film in the quadrilogy, to its predecessors quite as much. The reason being that it’s an entirely different movie.
You see, the first two movies are about, well, the Hunger Games. They follow the characters as they prepare for the games, and then the last hour or so of the movie is the games themselves. But at the end of the second movie, Katniss breaks the stadium the Games are held in, and is then flown out via helicopter and told they need her help to revolt against the Capitol.
So obviously, there are no games in this movie. Rather, the film is about political espionage. Yes, you heard me. The film is about the revolution and the Capitol using propaganda against each other, each with their own secret weapon (Katniss and Peeta, respectively). Along the way, the Capitol destroys everything Katniss ever loved, but leaves just enough for a fourth movie.
And there’s one of the main issues with the film: it’s part one. The movie does feel like a complete experience, and yet there’s something very hard about judging it on its own. A lot happens, and yet nothing advances. There’s a lot of action, but it’s all brief and forgettable. Why don’t we talk about the cast?
As with the past two movies, excellent performances all around except for Jennifer Lawrence. I don’t even know what it is about her performance I don’t like. If other critics’ reviews are to be believed, I’m missing several layers of it. Her performance is certainly different from her usual self, but there’s an uncomfortable woodenness to it. Out of the rest of the cast, I especially give props to Josh Hutcherson, who failed to prove himself in previous installments, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffmann. You can tell that he was supposed to be very present for the whole movie, but they cut his role a bit short after he, y’know, died and whatnot.
Honestly, this is probably the least noteworthy entry in the franchise so far. The action was very good, but not very memorable. The movie was funny at times, but not enough to be notable. The ending was OK, but seemed to be trying to fool you into thinking it had a point. The story was OK, but a bit hard to follow. Overall, good, but not great.
I guess I’ll give it a B. It wasn’t bad by any means, but in retrospect it didn’t stand out as much as Catching Fire did. If you’re a fan, go see it. If you’re not, go see it, because once again, this is a very different movie. I can’t guarantee you’ll love the movie, but I do recommend it. Like if you like, follow if you follow, you can follow me on Twitter @BreakingPOORLY, and as always…
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