Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1. What a mouthful. Anyway, pretty decent movie if you like the Hunger Games. Those who don’t I suspect may not care for it too much. It has a bit of a…meandering plot, I suppose you could say? Anyway, it feels more like a series of connected events, or even like levels in a video game, more than a single, tightly woven narrative. INVISIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
[color=’#191919’]For instance, much of the second act involves Katniss filming propaganda videos or ‘proppos’ as they like to call them (stupid name I know). They want her reactions to be real and shot on location so that they will be inspiring to the other Districts. So we get a sequence of very similar scenes in which Katniss is dropped off in a jet in a bombed-out district, some stuff happens, Katniss makes a little speech, they broadcast it, then we get a brief scene showing some civilians from the district fighting back against the Peacekeepers. I feel that these segments get a little too repetitive and ultimately aren’t that important to keep showing. Additionally, while the first ‘proppo’ (ugh) she shoots has a speech that is almost great, I really think someone flubbed the writing for that speech a bit. It’s a minor point, but she says something like, “But now we know what they do! This is what they do!” I don’t know, maybe she would say that, maybe that’s what most people would say, but to me those two lines, said next to each other, just sounds really comical.
Additionally, the climax of the movie is basically sprung upon the audience at the last second, in much the same manner as the ‘twist’ at the ending of the last movie. It’s kind of annoying. I don’t know if the books are like this or if it’s just the screen writer or what, but whoever has apparently decided that having a twist was more important than properly building rising action towards the climax should be slapped.
Even with all that said, I still liked the movie over all. Also, I was looking pretty hard to spot where they edited in Philip Seymour Hoffman digitally or whatever they did to fill the small part he didn’t get to finish, but I couldn’t see it. Either they did a really good job or they wrote around it or something. Or, did he completely finish Part 1, and Part 2 contains all the missing parts?
Also watched another movie with Stanley Tucci in it: The Core. I’m pretty certain the science behind this movie is terrible and full of holes, but I found it very entertaining. Maybe that’s just I like Aaron Eckhart, I don’t know. But I liked the acting, liked the concept, liked the visuals, dated though they may be. Not a great movie, but entertaining.
Also I somehow didn’t realize that Stanley Tucci was also the dude in Transformers 4. Man I hated him so much, he was so annoying. But that’s probably somehow Michael Bay’s fault. I mean he screwed up just about everything else about that movie so I feel pretty secure in saying he caused that too.
EDIT: Saw Back to the Future for the first time. I know, I know. In any case, although predictable, it’s a lot of fun. Looking forward to watching 2 and 3 when I get a chance.