Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Movie Review - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Before we start talking about the actual movie I want to get out my complaints about how this 2 part movie crap needs to end now. I would blame the Harry Potter movies, but those movies deserved more time. I checked my copies of both Mockingjay, and The Deathly Hallows. The first was 388 pages, the latter was 759 pages. You could really make a case (and I can make that case if you'd like to get into all that with me sometime) that every Harry Potter book from Azkaban on could have been 2 movies, or at least 4 hour extended editions like the The Lord of the Rings movies. We also had 7 books starting all the way back in 1997 to get attached to those characters so to break the last one up felt like a nice way to give people time to say good-bye to the end of an era. By comparison the first Hunger Games book came out in 2008, and so does not seem to qualify as shaping a generation. That, and the first part of this 2 part ordeal was so dull. Oh boy, 2 hours of political intrigue and Katniss being pissed off! Only one really good action scene springs to mind right now, and it was too short. One of the friends I saw part 2 with was concerned about them adding a ton of made up shit or dragging real stuff out to fill up the time for this one, but I think they really did that all in part 1. If anything, I felt like a bunch of stuff was shortened for part 2. My least favorite thing about books being made into movies is when they cut shit that really happened out to make room for some stupid shit the screenwriters just made up. I'm looking at you John Carter of Mars.
Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been revived as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet.