The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Review

Oh, I am going to get some angry backlash from this. I’m physically exhausted from all this Hunger Games hype and whatnot. While the first movie was mediocre, and the second was a bit of a step up, Mockingjay Part 1 can be summed up in one word: UNNECESSARY.

Believe me when I say that I tried my hardest to find some good in this movie, unfortunately, there is little to be seen. The problem with this film is that they decided to split Mockingjay into two movies. This has been done before (Harry Potter), but The Deathly Hallows had a big enough book and enough information to fill two movies, while Mockingjay is short and a perfect set up for a very interesting, entertaining, and thrilling single film. Unfortunately, Lionsgate did the worst thing they could have done and made this a two-parter for what reason? Money, my dear Watson! This leads to the biggest issue with the movie, it is uninteresting. The only serious thing that happens is the “What happened to Peeta?” plot. Guess when that begins to be the main part of the movie. Over an hour into a two hour film! This means we have to sit through 60 minutes of Katniss freaking out over being the Mockingjay, and trying to get the other districts to rally against the Capitol. The only problem with this is that THE LAST TWO MOVIES ALREADY COVERED THIS. We have seen Katniss not wanting to be the focus of the resistance; we already saw the other districts rage at the capitol and know that they want to finish the revolution. Some will argue that watching the districts rally is sufficient enough to carry this hour of filler. Objection! This easily could have been in Part 2 as it is only focused on for less than a half hour. One other thing, remember when Catching Fire ended with that epic stare from Katniss? Yeah, well her anger from that seems to be completely gone as she only cares about Peeta now and refuses to be the symbol of hope when the rest of the country needs her. Seems kinda selfish don’t you think (also, nice fail of continuity)?

There is one good thing about this movie though, and that would be the supporting cast. I mean, jeez! Woody Harrelson, Jeffery Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP), Elizabeth Banks. Even Liam Hemsworth shines here with the little screen time he has! However, with all these great performances, I was still disappointed with Jennifer Lawrence phoning it in for the third time. Don’t get me wrong, Jennifer is a pretty down-to-earth, nice person to be around (from what I’ve seen), it’s just how she phones it in in these Hunger Games films that bothers me. Especially when she won an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook! This bland, boring performance weakens the character she is supposed to portray. However, all of the above actors more than redeem her here.

As I said before, the only reason this is bad is because it’s a two-parter. If you want my honest advice, just skip this movie completely and wait for the DVD release, if you really want to see it. As soon as Part 2 comes out, the few things that gave the writers an excuse for making this movie will immediately be addressed and resolved. But who am I kidding? You’re going to see it anyway no matter what I say, because it’s THE HUNGER GAMES. This receives Guy’s Guru Grade of a D.

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