After not particularly liking the first one, I only saw the second Hunger Games movie because the lovely Natalie Dormer was going to be in the finale, and then the last one got broken up into two movies, because of cash grabbing, and I forgot about my plan to see them. Until now.
So The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 immediately strikes me as a collection of way too many good actors for a franchise this boring. Literally two minutes into the movie, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is escorted by Oscar winner Mahershalalhashbaz Ali into a meeting with Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar winner Julianne Moore, and mere Golden Globe/Emmy winner Jeffrey Wright. Not to mention the presence of Oscar nominees Woody Harrelson and Stanley Tucci, somehow not Oscar nominee Donald Sutherland, and Emmy nominee Elizabeth Banks.
I had forgotten a lot about the plot of the second one, I actually scrambled to wikipedia to read a plot synopsis of it when I started to get lost early in this one. But basically it’s again about trying to make personal relationships and being telegenic somehow the key to a life or death situation. But in this case, it’s rebellion against the government, instead of a fight-to-the-death TV show. Mostly I think because of her haircut, I thought Natalie Dormer played some kind of badass soldier type which would have been hotter, but she’s actually a film director who’s filming Katniss’s activity within the rebellion to win hearts and minds or whatever. She is really hot though, and doesn’t die in this, so I’ll watch the third one.