The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Samir Mehta: “It ruled.”
Although it is slightly a comedown from the masterwork of Catching Fire (that ending still gives chills), I would say that Mockingjay is still an amazing movie that can easily be underrated given its blockbuster nature. Amazing performances and casting all around.
Evie Totty: “It was ok.”
Another cliché where the middle movie is better than the third. Like Empire is the best of the Holy Trilogy. GIVEN THAT. I still loved it. But I can't say 'it ruled' because I didn't have the urge to see it again.Looking forward to the last installment as that has the real meat in it. Go Team Peeta
Scott Hardie: Ugh, I can't wait for Hollywood to get over this trend of splitting the last film of an adapted series in half. It makes each half weaker. There's just not enough material to make this worthwhile. That was true of Harry Potter when I saw it, it sounds like it was also true of Twilight and The Hunger Games, and I expect it to be true of Divergent as well. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won Best Picture as one film; as two films, it would have felt a lot more like the empty, underwhelming Hobbit films. − January 1, 2015 more by Scott
Erik Bates: “It ruled.”
A great set-up for the fun that is about to happen in the final installment (though I do have my concerns about how they're going to handle it). I thoroughly enjoyed the books, though it's been a while since I've read them, so there are a few plot points that I don't remember clearly, which has made for a good series of movies so far.
Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”
I'm obviously a few years late in actually getting around to watching this, but in a weird way, it kind of worked out. Watching this during the coronavirus pandemic, when I've been shut inside my house for months only seeing friends on a computer monitor, while there's increasing civil resistance to a president who loudly demands "law and order," and it feels dangerous just to set foot outside in civilization... Let's just say that this movie is eerily appropriate for this moment in time.
Unfortunately, as with its two predecessors, I'm again just not on its wavelength. I don't care much about these shallow and ill-developed characters, especially the love triangle utterly lacking in chemistry. I don't find any of the tactics used by either side of the armed conflict to be especially wise; the characters should all act smarter than they do. Some of the action is exciting, especially a nighttime raid near the end, but there's not enough of it. As I feared, splitting the book into two movies deadens its pace, though that does make time for a few pretty scenes like hunting in the woods. The whole movie very much needs a conclusion that it cannot provide. I didn't hate it, but I don't understand the hype about it either.