December 9, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I (2014)

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

First of all, I would just like to say that every movie theater should convert their seats to leather recliners ASAP. I watched this movie in a piece of furniture more comfortable than my own couch and didn't feel the least grossed out about the fact that likely hundred of people had cozied up in my exact spot before me (probably with their shoes off too). If that's not a successful movie outing, I don't know what is.

The leather recliners really helped boost my anticipation of the movie, considering this book was the worst of the three in a series that had already shown how bad its movies could be. But in light of recent events (the Ebola outbreak, Ferguson), this movie suddenly seemed relevant and exciting and not just the Hunger Games book without the actual Hunger Games.

However, I was distracted by several things:

1. Watching Liam Hemsworth and constantly thinking about John Oliver's rant against Chris Hemsworth being named 'People's Sexiest Man Alive' stating, "He's not even the sexiest Hemsworth brother!" I debated this assertion in my head throughout the movie. I still haven't come to a conclusion.

2. The convincing reality of Jennifer Lawrence's wig. And the fact that this movie kept trying to show Katniss' evolution as a person by having her wear her hair down instead of in the "trademark" side braid, which frankly, didn't look great. Some people were just meant to wear their hair up.

3. The complete lack of an authentic relationship between Katniss and her sister. I know the book doesn't exactly give a lot to work with and it's not possible to just cut her character out since she serves as the catalyst for this whole series, but seeing Jennifer Lawrence suddenly call her "little duck" while cuddled in bed during the four times they interact the entire movie feels disjointed and awkward.

4. The horrendous North Korea-esque uniforms of District 13.

5. The long and slow pans of scenery that were likely employed to eat up time so that this could be long enough to be considered a movie in its own right, even with little action because that's all being saved for Part II. 

But on a high note, the-most-miscast-actor-in-recent-memory (aka Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark) was again noticeably absent from this movie. I was almost impressed with the extreme weight loss he pulled off, until I Googled it and found out it was just CGI. He can't even do that right. Sigh.

Final word: It would have been a lot better had it been just one movie.

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