November 30, 2014

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The third instalment of the franchise is a decent film, but perhaps my least favourite so far.

While the hype of Mockingjay: Part 1 was always going to be hard to live up to, certain parts feel a bit wooden and dragged out. Note: It’s better when to hint at the idea rather than be beaten over the head with it. Katniss has mixed feelings for Peeta, WE GET IT.

Here’s where the movie loses some of its initial appeal. In the previous two films, we were presented with a fresh, central heroine that didn’t need to be submissive or overtly feminine. There was no damsel in distress malarkey, she kicked ass and saved the day all on her own. Unfortunately, her relationships have progressed into a love triangle of Twilight proportions to the point where teenage girls are uniting themselves under Team Gale and Team Peeta. Albeit a bit cooler, we still have to endure the roles of Broody Masculine Guy vs. Sensitive Simp while Sulky Girl tries to decide her feelings.

As a stand-alone film, it lacks substance. There’s a lot of climax building that leads to an unsatisfying conclusion. Having not read the books, I’m unsure as to whether there are so many intricacies that necessitated two films but in truth, it feels like a money spinner.

That said, there are some truly entertaining scenes and JLaw is captivating as ever. Her performance carries the film, allowing you to forgive the lack of overall cohesion and the infinitesimal role of the delightful Stanley Tucci. Here’s hoping the finale delivers all the promises that Part 1 failed to keep.