Quick Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014)


We were fooled. Don’t act like you didn’t see it coming. Quit being oblivious and biased. This movie is really bad. It’s boring. I should have known from the opening title where it says “Mockingjay Part 1”. There is no hunger games. The games are over. The action is over. I just was hoping for a good story at least. I was hoping for ANY story.

This is the most shameless attempt to make double the money on their franchise finale. Studios wonder why so many people pirate movies, but it’s because they mess with us like this. It’s atrocious of them. The events could have been “accomplished” in less than an hour–and I’m being generous. But no, it was 2 hours and 3 minutes. And you know they had to make it at least 2 hours, because if it was any shorter it would have been too blatant that they were making it into two separate movies just to make more money. But instead they decided on making us wait until the movie was over to confirm that fact.

I wrote in my notes, “slow moving first act.” I soon realized that the entire movie would be like this. But I was hoping for at least a nice twist at the end maybe, but that didn’t happen either. Nothing happened in the whole movie. We just sit around watching the characters move about the screen while we occasionally check our watches. There’s little-to-no suspense, there’s no action, and there’s barely even any humor. The political commentary about democracy isn’t even consequential anymore because we obviously agree in favor of it. There isn’t any internal conflict for the audience to mull over.

At least if you found The Hobbit boring, you loved being enveloped in their magical world with picturesque landscapes and interesting creatures. With the Hunger Games’ world, you have a dystopian future containing nothing of desire, and by the end of this movie you’re gonna want out.

And I can’t blame the director. He was just dealt the hand that the studio gave him. They need the extra billion dollars.

You’ll hear good things from fangirls, but don’t be suckered in to this one. Rent it.

Twizard Rating: 53


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