The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)


Pros
  • The acting is all around fantastic (no surprise here of course)
  • Effie Trinket provides some solid comic relief
  • I love seeing future technology in movies (though this movie features the least of it)
  • It does feature a very strong, harrowing final image
  • There are some very strong, heart lifting moments that feature Katniss as the hope for the people
  • Brings back to life the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale
  • Still head and shoulders the best Young Adult movie franchise around

Cons
  • First things first, there is no reason the final book Mockingjay should have been split into two movies!!
  • Hollywood is clearly trying to cash in on a very popular franchise and actively split the final movie into two parts for money
  • The movie is basically just Katniss sending a message to Peeta and Peeta sending a message to Katniss
  • There are a lot of throwaway scenes, just dull scenes that didn't need to be made
  • Why did Julianne Moore's character need to wear colored eye contacts for her character? She looks strange because of it!
  • 99% of those lumberjacks would have died.....there is no way that was the best way to handle that situation
  • The movie continues the idea of the people be repressed, but didn't we already know that from the very first film?
  • We know revolution features sacrifice and loss, but we've seen all that before, nothing in the movie feels new, it doesn't feel like 'The Hunger Games'
  • Mockingjay Part 1 is just flat out uninteresting, it's just propaganda thrown in our faces just like Katniss's, and does she look like she's having fun? No.......and neither are we
  • All the characters are just sitting around underground waiting for the revolution to start.........just like how we are sitting around waiting for Mockingjay Part 2 to start

Score: 5/10

Mockingjay Part 1 feels like nothing more than a cash grab on behalf of the studios behind the film. The movie moves at a snails pace (which would have been okay if it had strong writing to back it up), but nothing original seems to surface. The movie focuses on turning Katniss into the face of the revolution, but what was she before this then? Did we really need a whole movie showing us what we already knew was going to happen, whether or not she was going to accept such a role? The movie moved away from originality, which is what made The Hunger Games so fascinating and into a territory we have seen done before.

Mockingjay Part 1 adds nothing to the story which we didn't already know, we knew Katniss would be the symbol of the people (wasn't she already?), we know President Snow is a ruthless dictator, and we know revolution is happening, everything that happens in the movie we already know. I guess the one thing we didn't fully know was the fate of those left behind, but that surely does not justify this two hour movie. On the other hand, the movie does pack a solid amount of emotion into the two hours, we saw the extent of the evil the capital is willing to take just to stay in power.

But besides that, the story is not nearly strong enough to justify splitting the final book into two separate movies. Mockingjay Part 1 is all about propaganda, but that is exactly what the movie itself is, propaganda, trying to persuade us to see Part 2.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) on IMDb

Comments

  1. Ouch! This is what I'm worried about. Alas, the tickets are already booked for tomorrow afternoon! Maybe I'll like it more than you? Here's hoping!

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    1. Did you read the books? I never read them so I'm guessing anyone who has will certainly enjoy that movie more than me. I did really like the first two however, but nothing really happens (action or story) in this that makes the movie super enjoyable. 2014 has been a very strong year for blockbusters and this certainly doesn't hold up well among the others! I'm sure you'll like it more than I did though!

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  2. I wasn't that impressed, I'm afraid. Slow, dark, dour and lacking in action and momentum. My review is up, if you fancy a read.

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  3. Can't entirely disagree too much with what you are saying. However, I found all of the propaganda things entertaining to watch, which is the main reason I enjoyed the movie. Good review as usual. It is interesting to read why you were not a fan of the film.

    -James

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  4. Finally, someone who shares my opinion of colored contacts! It was so distracting, and unnecessary. But even weirder is how the contact technology seems to have gotten worse over the years. Like, in LotR, Legolas's contacts were looked fine, but in the Hobbit movies they are just as terrible and distracting as Coin's were here. Anyway, good review. I pretty much agree, though I did like it more overall.

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    1. Haha yeah the contacts threw me off, I don't know why they chose to do something like that?! Maybe it was an intimidation factor or something? Thanks for the comments, I was overall mixed, it just clearly felt like a cash grab and I couldn't get over that for some reason. I really enjoyed the first two however, they were very unique, but this feel into familiar territory to me.

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