By Brian Taylor
“The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1” picks up after Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) destroys the simultaneously primitive and futuristic games. She awakens to see the retaliatory destruction of her home district and the urgent request for her to be the heroic symbol to spur a general uprising that is brewing. Heavy on her mind is the fate of Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) who was left behind to the mercy of the Capitol.
As someone who has enjoyed the previous installments of this series, “Mocking Jay Part 1” was a let down. A very slow and predictable beginning set the stage for what was a bland 123 minutes. “What made the movie bland?” you might ask.
Firstly, the movie — apart from one memorable scene — contained very little actual action. At least that is how it felt as I drove home trying to make sense of my sentiments.
Secondly, I felt no bond or connection to any of the characters this time. We are given very little to “care about” as it pertains to the individuals in the movie. Perhaps this is due to there being no big physical tribulations shown.
I really wanted this to be a better movie. I will, reluctantly, be back for the next one. Hardcore fans will be fine with it.
An hour and a half into the film, one woman (not yelling, but gasping to herself) said, “when will this be over?” I couldn’t help but exhale slowly in agreement.