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).
This is kind of a weird second trailer for the finale to The Hunger Games. It’s all but a giant spoiler to probably the most devastating moment in the last book, if not the series, so if you’re holding out somehow, skip this. The fourth and (probably) final Hunger Games film will release on November 20, 2015.
Let’s not beat around the bush, this is where we’re headed. We’re all counting the days until December 18th and a return to the Star Wars Universe. 2015 has been, thus far, a year of pleasant surprises like Ex Machina, Mad Max and Furious 7, but overall, not a fantastic year. The dumbest thing any studio this year did was not follow Disney’s example (including Disney) and take advantage of this six week dead zone we’ve been experiencing since the release of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. It’s an absolute wasteland out there and has been since the end of July. Guardians of the Galaxy released a great film at this precise period of time last year and was the year’s top-grossing film. You’d think someone in a suit would notice that and stop trying to cram every summer movie into May. People get bored in August and September too. Continue reading Fall 2015 Movie Preview Week-by-Week (Trailer Extravaganza!!!)
I’ve been pretty vocal about how underwhelming I’ve found the adaptation of The Hunger Games to be. The last installment, the entire decision to split Mockingjay into two movies, was such a clear money grab and I found its first half to be dull, angsty filler. That being said, this trailer is pretty fantastic. Suzanne Collins wrote a genuinely awesome trilogy of books, and if you haven’t read them, do, because they’re so much better than the toothless adaptation they’ve gotten. This trailer gives me a little hope that we’re going to at least go out on a high note. I hope they stay true to her ending, which, is not expected and is not the fairy tale swan song fans who have just come on-board for the films might be anticipating. I still remain very skeptical about the decision to finish Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s scenes with CGI after his death. That’s been tried before, and never successfully. We’ll find out everything on November 25, 2015.
I’d echo the trailer and say this is the conclusion, but I know Lionsgate is desperately trying to find a way to extend this even further. I doubt they’ll get Jennifer Lawrence, though. She’s done with the X-Men after next year and this finishes her contract on Hunger Games. I have a feeling she’s turning to the next stage in her career and feels like she’s done with franchises. Maybe I’m wrong, but if they do want her back, she’s probably the most popular actress in the world now so they’ll be paying exponentially more than they did for this quadrilogy.