Here’s really all you need to put things in perspective when it comes to how messed-up a decision it was to split Mockingjay into two films: if you combine them, the running time is only three minutes shorter than the extended cut of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The decision to split the films was always a pure money-grab, and it’s hard to say if Lionsgate will end up with more from two poorly-reviewed Mockingjays or the good movie that’s buried within the 260 minutes of bloat that makes up the combined mess. Simply put, the second part couldn’t fix the decision to split the movies in the first place, sapped the franchise of the rabid momentum it had and leaves another series with a flat ending. Continue reading Movie Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) *The Games End*
One of the things I admire about Mockingjay (the book) is the Tolkien-esque lack of a pat, happy ending. These are characters who have gone through hell and they don’t get to be normal people for the rest of their lives. Some things in life just break us. It doesn’t mean the cause wasn’t worth fighting for, but many of the fighters don’t get to enjoy the life their struggles bought. Given that the final book was already bloated into two films, the first of which was deadly boring, I’m hoping the finale can capture Collins’ wrap-up to the series. This is, though, after four years, the final Hunger Games trailer (at least until Lionsgate figures out a way to milk more movies out of the franchise somehow).
My reservations about how good the end product is going to be, The Hunger Games is going to eat the box office like a raisinet this Thanksgiving. Today, echoing the six other warrior posters released, Katniss in battle garb, was the subject of the latest poster for the film. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 opens in theaters on November 21, 2014.
Our long national geek nightmare is over! Game of Thrones has returned for 10 weeks of fantasy awesomeness and this is the fifth installment in our lively talk-backs and reviews of each episode. A warning, and the only one before we dive in, this column is specifically for people watching the show live week-by-week so if you don’t want spoilers, don’t continue. Continue reading TV Review: Game of Thrones 4.05 “First of His Name” *SPOILERS*