While by no means the worst film of the year, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, has to be the most disappointing.
I was so looking forward to this movie, but Writers Peter Craig and Danny Strong handed in a boring script to Director Francis Lawrence, who, for some reason, fell in with or added in the lethargic atmosphere. So, a bad story told badly.
Earlier this year, I described Divergent as The Hunger Games with less color. Mockingjay is Divergent without any color.
Yes, there’s a cool action piece where Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) shoots down two planes with one arrow, but that’s about it. Katniss has become Catatonic, wheeping and wimpering over poor Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Boo hoo. (With Gale (Liam Hemsworth) on hand, it doesn’t say much for her taste in men.)
The only one who shows up in this yawner is Jena Malone as the Director of a commercial on the Mockingjay. She should have done better than Lawrence in directing this film, as well.
In reality, this film is a 2 hours and 3 minute trailer for Mockingjay 2, which, hopefully, can, somehow, redeem itself despite having much of the same production team involved.
A good editor could have brought it in at under 10 minutes.
I give The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 a 2+ out of 5…and that’s being kind.