Fall-Winter 2015 Mini Movie Reviews

If you caught my last installment of mini movie reviews, you already know a bit about my movie-going habits. (If not, click here.) If you’re looking for things to Netflix in the coming months, hoping for a couple of decent RedBox rentals, or if you’re just wondering if The Force Awakens is worth all that hype, check out my next batch of reviews below. 

MOCKINGJAY PART 2 | 11/20/15

Key Players: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Mockingjay Part2This was inevitable, as I’ve been following the Games since their first trek to the big screen in 2012. I was a huge fan of the books and eager to see them come to life on the silver screen. The first film was a masterpiece, beautifully true to the book, and wonderfully casted. Same for Catching Fire, my favorite of the three. Mockingjay Part 1 was plodding and slow and started to falter, however, as I sort of expected. Mockingjay is admittedly my least favorite book in the literary trilogy turned film tetralogy, as I felt the climax was glossed over and wrapped up far too lazily to give justice to the story as a whole. I wondered if they would be able to rectify that in the film version.

So, my sister and I continued our tradition of heading to the theater on her first night home for her Thanksgiving break from college and went to witness the “epic conclusion” of the saga that catapulted J.Law into superstardom. It just didn’t feel so epic. It felt harried and disorganized, plotless and tired. Jennifer lacked the conviction and determination that Katniss displayed so indignantly in the first installment. It was, by most counts, a disappointment … but one you have to see to give yourself closure.

See it? If successfully overthrowing corrupt government appeals to you or if you’ve ever wanted to share a pizza and a bottle of wine with Jen. (Who hasn’t, amirite?) Continue reading

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“Would you like to be in a real war?”

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Hope is stronger than fear—or at least that’s what we’ve been taught by the girl on fire. In the final trailer that aired during game 4 of the World Series, there are no more attempts to be coy about the plot twist. We see our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, has been thrust, once again, into a fight to the death in the 75th annual Hunger Games. Every 25 years, the Capital is responsible for the Quarter Quell, which throws a curveball into the bloodbath. With an uprising on his hands, President Snow decides this year calls for a best-of-the-best extermination: only past victors will enter the arena. Continue reading

New “Catching Fire” Trailer Sizzles @ Comic-Con

The second theatrical trailer for the second installment of The Hunger Games saga was released at #SDCC over the weekend and it…is…awesome! There’s a lot of fire and heat-related humor to be used here (seriously, it’s endless), but I won’t. Except for the title. ^ You guys are smart. You got this. Continue reading