I just watched ‘Mockingjay: Part I.’ Nothing happens. I had read the book, but I still don’t’ know what happened in the movie.
But really, it was careless of me to bother watching it without reading a review or thinking it through more thoroughly. This borefest is what you get when you divide a final book installment into two, as has been the trend since ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight.’
I think this gimmick for the sake of suckering suckers like me into paying for two movies instead of one, is in its dying days. Never before has it been done so blatantly and unconvincingly, with scenes stretched out and otherwise-outtakes making it to the final cut. It couldn’t be just me that watched this first part of ‘Mockingjay’ and thought, “That’s it?” And I swear it will be my last time to patronize such a lame practice.
Is that my only complaint about the movie? Not really. All the drama seems artificial. Jennifer Lawrence’s hysterics appear an attempt for another Oscar. And when the music swells during a ‘moving’ scene, it does not impress. Of course how could it? Nothing happens after all. The only value this and the ‘final-talaga-pramees’ movie will have is from Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last role.
Whether or not the (actual) finale is an improvement, I won’t even bother watching, which is in protest not of the movie producers but of author Suzanne Collins herself, whose attempt to shock or make profound was badly done even in the book.
My impassioned plea to parents to give ‘The hunger games’ a chance (Ironic I know!)