Just been to see MockingJay Pt1. (or shall we call it the first half of the last bit of trilogy that we're going to milk for all it's worth)
Bottom line first?....it was o-o-okay. Not as nicely paced nor colourful, nor exciting as the first two movies. Obviously they're taking their time (ahem...padding) to allow the story room to breathe, to build up to the big climax. Which, actually...I don't mind. On the one hand I know it's a cynical ploy to get two films out of one book, on the other, I often find one and a half to two hours is just not enough time to tell a book's worth of story.
So enough about length...what's it like? The look and feel of the film....is kinda '1984' in places, very Stalinistic and grim. The Jennifer Lawrence grunt/squeal is beginning to grate a bit, but apart from that I think she's pretty good at delivering a performance. I felt terribly sad every time I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Nice to see some serious themes coming through on what is basically a kid's series. (rather than the vacuous Werewolf/Vampire/magic nonsense of some recent adaptations of teen lit). The nature of despotism. And given the ongoing civil war in Syria, the film feels like it has something relevant to say. (Although I'm still trying to figure out what is.) There was also a sequence where (SPOILER) a snatch squad are sent in to Capitol to rescue Peter...that reminded me of the helmet-cam footage of the killing of Bin Laden. Hollywood seems to be doing a lot of that these days....nodding obliquely at current affairs. A good thing, I think.
All in all...a pretty good movie. Not too much in the way of love triangle nonsense, not too many intense and photogenic stares. Not swamped with CG and pointless swoopy cameras. Better than pretty much any 'splosion-filled Michael Bay movie...so....