The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

logoDirector: Francis Lawrence

Writer: Peter Craig, Danny Strong (Screenplay) Suzanne Collins (Novel)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone

 

Plot: Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: What the Hell Happened?

 

Story: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 starts Katniss (Lawrence) giving us a very quick update of how the last film finished, she is in a hospital now recovering from the last games. Katniss along with fellow survivors of the game Beetee (Wright( and Finnick (Claflin) are taken to the forgotten District 13 where President Alma Coin (Moore) and her second in command Plutarch Heavensbee (Hoffman) are trying to use Katniss in the revolution against President Snow (Sutherland). As she always has been Katniss is the reluctant heroine and along with her boyfriend Gale (Hemsworth) looks for proof of the changes happening.

District 12 Katniss’ home has been completely destroyed with the remains left there as an example to the power President Snow has. Peeta (Hutcherson) now part of the President Snow fight against the rebellion turns out to still be alive and calls for peace between the Districts. After Katniss agree to lead the revolution she makes very strong demands to have the captured tributes released and along with Effie Trinket (Banks) and Haymitch (Harrelson) who help Katniss in preparing herself to be the leader.

After well over an hour of talking and filming Katniss getting prepared for the revolution we literally just end up watching a massive game of chess between all the different Districts as they try to get into the winning position against each side in the war.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is nothing more than a giant game of chess and I am not kidding by saying all we see is two sides of a battle putting their pieces in the best place to win only for us to not see anything happen. The hate for this isn’t helped because we have other films out there doing the same thing, making a whole film that is nothing but builder at least Amazing Spiderman had a fight scene, this is easily one of the most disappointing films you will ever see especially after liking the first two Hunger Games. I am going to stop before this turns into too much of a rant. (2/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jennifer Lawrence: Katniss Everdeen the reluctant heroine that has become the symbol of the revolution and through this film we watch how she is being prepared for more public appearances and that is all she does in the film. Jennifer has an Oscar to her name, but I guess she needs to make silly money and this gives her the chance. (2/10)

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Josh Hutcherson: Peeta Mellark captured by the Capitol and used as a pawn against Katniss and her revolution. Josh literally records all his scenes here so doesn’t get a chance to do any real acting. (2/10)

 

Liam Hemsworth: Gale Hawthorne the hunky boyfriend of Katniss who saved her family and always stood by her side when it comes to the revolution, he will go into battle to keep her happy. Liam continues to get stuck in the friendship zone here and is the only character that seems interesting in this film. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has an amazing supporting cast that includes Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Woody Harrelson to mention a few and somehow they don’t get a chance to show all the potential they all have.

 

Director Review: Francis Lawrence – Francis gives us the annoying builder film and the only way he can now redeem himself is to make the last one great. (3/10)

 

Adventure: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 loses all what the first two film gave this franchise will one of the dullest adventure films ever made. (1/10)

Sci-Fi: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 does show how desperate people can become in a future conflict. (7/10)

Settings: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 uses basic war settings and no Hunger Game fields. (3/10)

Suggestion: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is a film I am really struggle to suggest even trying, I am going so far as saying watch together with the final part.  (Wait for the final part and watch as one)

 

Best Part: I can honestly say there isn’t a good thing in this film.

Worst Part: Everything.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has part two and that is it.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $751 Million

Budget: $125 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

Tagline: The courage of one will change the world

 

Overall: If I wanted to watch chess I would have, just don’t sale it as a action adventure film next time guys.

Rating 20

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Trailer Alert – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Plot – Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Release Date: 31st July 2015

Stars:

  • Tom Cruise (Top Gun)
  • Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
  • Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead)

Director: Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher)

Highlight of the Trailer: Plane Scene

What Looks Good? The whole thing looks very good.

What Looks Bad? It could have the same old twist.

Summary: The Mission Impossible films continue to take time for release to make sure they get a real top popcorn action film, this looks no different as we watch Ethan Hunt take on a whole Rogue Nation with a great supporting cast too.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%

My Guess Rating – 75%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

Star Focus 24th March Birthday Specials – Jim Parsons

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Catchphrases: Bazinga!

Age: 42

Number of Roles: 32

Biggest Role: Big Bang Theory

Awards: Jim has won a Golden Globe for his role in Big Bang Theory.

Debut Role: Chet – Ed (2002)chet

Television Roles:

  • Ed (2002)
  • Judging Amy (2004-2005) 7 Episodes
  • Glenn Martin DDS (2010)
  • Sesame Street (2010)
  • The Super Hero Squad Show (2011)
  • iCarly (2011)
  • Pound Puppies (2011) 2 Episodes
  • A Town Called Eureka (2011)
  • The High Fructose Adventure of Annoying Orange (2012)
  • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (2012)
  • Family Guy (2009 & 2012)
  • The Big Bang Theory (2006 – 2015) 184 Episodes so far
Garden State

Garden State

Heights

Heights

Career: Jim Parsons only made his Television debut in 2002 with a small part in the show ‘Ed’ his film debut would come as a surprise to many in a French film ‘Happy End’. in 2004 Jim had a small role in Zach Braff’s ‘Garden State’ as Fast Food Knight Tim. In 2005 Jim continued with small roles in films with ‘Heights’. Jim followed this up with a recurring role in Judging Amy. Jim has in 2006 two more small roles in films ‘School of Scoundrels’ and ’10 Items of Less’, this very same year Jim got his most recognisable role as Sheldon Cooper in ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and with this his career is ready to sky rocket.

Break Out Role: Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory.sheldon

Career: In 2007 Jim tried his luck in film again with more supporting roles in ‘On the Road with Judas’ and ‘Gardener of Eden’ but neither made it big, Jim did continue to conquer the small screen though with Big Bang Theory continuing to grow.

The Muppets

The Muppets

The Big Year

The Big Year

2010 Onwards: In 2011 Jim went back to try film again and this time he was a bigger name, Jim had the only secret cameo in ‘The Muppets’ film in the Man or Muppet song. He also appears in the slammed comedy ‘The Big Year’ along with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. Jim did reteam with Zach Braff for ‘Wish I Was Here’ and even has taken steps into horror with ‘Visions’ this year 2015 Jim will lend his voice to animated film ‘Home’ alongside Rhianna which looks like a very odd ball comedy.

Next Big Role: Homehome

My Favourite Role: Sheldon Cooper

My Least Favourite Role: he hasn’t done one I haven’t liked yet.

Films I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen: Visions has to be top of the list really.

Stars They Work With Often: Zach Braff