Movie Buff 411: Mockingjay Pt 1

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Spoiler Alert: There are spoilers.

I wasn’t going to do this. My game plan was to let the movie sit with me for at least 24 hours before I comment on it because I wanted to take it all in, ponder on it, and then structure my thoughts. But I can’t wait that long.

*deep sigh* Where do I start?

Okay, I like the movie. It was a good movie. (Can you see where this is going?) It just wasn’t a great movie.  I know right? I can hear you …

*gasps* You take that back! The Hunger Games rules and don’t you forget it.

 

I get it. I understand. Believe me, I want to take it back, but I can’t. If I’m being honest, I’m a bit disappointed.

And maybe because the movie ended on a low. I mean, when I first heard that Mockingjay would be two movies, I wasn’t surprised. Every series ending movie nowadays seems to be turned into a 2-part movie. I was, however, wondering how they would do it. I mean, I thought that they could have squeezed it into one movie. It didn’t feel like they had enough material to split the last book, but then again, what do I know? I’m not a screenwriter or even an author for that matter, so I was game. But the story seemed to drag on. There seems to be a lag with this one, especially when they sent the rescue team in for the tributes. I thought they could have cut that scene down a bit. Truthfully, and I’m hesitant to admit it, I just got a little bored. I know! Sorry! And then they go and end it with Peeta strapped to the bed because he’s conditioned to kill Katniss. Low point. Low point that won’t get better until the next movie.

There were some things I loved. (See, let me try to redeem myself and prove to you that I am a Hunger Games fan!)

I loved the District Seven rebellion addition. The lumberjacks climbing the tree and bam! Brilliant. The rebels bombing the dam? Brilliant. Love these additions. And I like how they have Efie as her makeover specialist. That was a good move. I miss Katniss’ old stylists, but I liked how they condensed this story line.

Fast forward to the acting. (Wait, that’s it?! You call yourself —)

I think the big three–Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Helmsworth–are doing a pretty good job. They’re consistent with their acting. And I don’t know where to put this comment, but is it just me or does it seem as if Katniss is loosing her luster? I don’t know if it’s getting lost in the adaptation or if Lawrence is actually lagging (personally, I think it’s getting lost in the adaptation, because I love Jennifer Lawrence 😉 ), but it just seems as if book-Katniss is stronger than movie-Katniss. It could just be me though. Okay, let’s just blame it on me (You’re crazy, InfoJunkie. Everything is brilliant. You’re just blind and refuse to see the brilliance! <- Duly noted. Again, I hear ya). 

And the most worrisome for me is Sam Claflin, because he is portraying my favorite character in this series. I’m not disappointed. In my humble opinion, he’s doing a pretty good job. Not that he needs my approval or anything. Thank you, Sam, for doing Finnick justice!

And is Donald Sutherland not the perfect match for our President Snow? He’s just so good at being bad.

So, I guess that leaves me with graphics? Not bad. Not bad at all. It wasn’t tacky. And I like how they kind of overplay it, just a touch, to exaggerate the media and propaganda aspect. Don’t know if this is done on purpose, but that’s just how it seems to be to me.

Overall, I’m hesitant to add this to my movie collection, but since I already have the other two movies … I’m not going to break up the collection (Hm, I wonder why we do that, eh? I guess we do need to make sure that gap is filled, even though we’ll probably skip over it more times than we’ll watch it). I’ll probably wait until it drops down to the $5 sales rack or maybe someone will gift it to me.

That’s two movies in a row (that I watched in theaters) that I’ve been slightly disappointed with (ICYMI: Dracula Untold is the other one). Sighs. Hobbit won’t fail me. Just a couple more weeks.

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