Home  |  Punch  |  Vanguard   |  The Nation  |  Thisday  |  Daily Sun  |  Guardian  |  The Authority  |  Daily Times  |  Daily Trust  |  Daily Independent  |  The Herald  |   Tribune  |  Leadership  |  National Mirror  |  BusinessDay  |  New Telegraph  |  Peoples Daily  |  Blueprint  |  Nigerian Pilot  |  Sahara Reporters  |  Premium Times  |  The Cable  |  PM News  |  Nairametrics  |  APO Africa Newsroom  |  Tori  |  Linda Ikeji  |  Bella Naija  |  Pulse  |  Goal  |  Ftbpro  |  Techcabal  |  Techpoint  |  Techcrunch  |  BBC  |  CNN  |  World  |  Sports  |  Technology  |  Entertainment  |  Business  |  Politics  |  Features  |  Columns  |  All Headlines  |  More Channels...

Here's The Biggest Problem With The New 'Hunger Games' Movie

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 21 Nov 2014


"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I" is in theaters this weekend, and while the majority of reviews agree the latest installment of the best-selling young adult series is the darkest film yet, critics have one other consensus on the film: "Mockingjay" is basically a two-hour trailer for "The Hunger Games" finale due in theaters next fall.It's the latest franchise after the "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" series to stretch its final film across two movies.Nearly every review points this out, with some accusing film distributor Lionsgate of making a break for a fast cash grab. For reference, the first two "Hunger Games" movies have made over $1.5 billion worldwide combined.AV Club:"This is the future of big-budget filmmaking, a Hollywood hustle to turn profitable source material into multi-movie investments. It's good for business but bad for drama, and the inelegantly titled Mockingjay'Part 1 suffers from an unavoidable sense of anticlimax. It doesn't build to an ending so much as just eventually grind to a halt, like a video game demanding more quarters to continue playing."Associated Press:"In its best moments, the movie has a tense, night before the battle feel. Only the battle is still a year away. ' It does not seem to be the type of movie that fans will revisit on its own. This half is part of a whole in the most cynical way."Entertainment Weekly:'It's a pretty cynical business plan, and it's led to a film that feels needlessly padded. Mockingjay'Part 1 is like a term paper with the margins enlarged and the font size jacked up to reach the assigned number of pages.' when the story finally does manage to get interesting toward the end, it just screeches to a halt and cuts off, leaving fans wriggling on the hook for a finale they won't get to see for another 12 months. That's not a cliff-hanger, that's just a tease.'Vulture:'The film ends at the apex of anguish: Thanks, Lionsgate, for cleaving Suzanne Collins's third book in twain to maximize your already staggering profits.'Time:"In the greed-is-good tradition of the Harry Potter and Twilight movie franchises, the overseers of The Hunger Games have split the last book into two films. You may recall that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was the only lame episode in the entire canon and that Mary Pols titled her TIME review of the penultimate Twilight film 'Breaking Yawn Part 1.' Expectations for the artistic and entertainment possibilities of this half-Mockingjayshould be at least as low, though it's likely to be the top-grossing movie of 2014."The Hollywood Reporter:"Like an overgrown and bloated trailer for a film yet to come, Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay ' Part 1 spreads perhaps 45 minutes of dramatic material across two far-too-leisurely hours. ' But far more than with Harry Potter and about the same as with Twilight, this doubling-the-profit gambit feels like a gaming-the-public ploy."The New York Post is the least forgiving:"'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay ' Part 1'' thinly spreads a half-hour's worth of plot over two plodding hours. Like the next-to-last episodes of the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, this snoozy slog arbitrarily cuts the third book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy in half for no good reason other than cleaning up at the box office one more time."These critiques don't mean the film isn't any good.The acting chops of Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last starring role, Donald Sutherland, and supporting performances of Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks, are the saving grace of the sometimes slow third installment.Still, the film currently has worse reviews than the previous two "Hunger Games" installments.The first and second films sit at 84% and 89%, respectively, on critique aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Reviews for "Mockingjay" are more polarizing with 69% positive.You can read our review, here.SEE ALSO:"Mockingjay" should easily have the biggest box-office opening of 2014AND:Read the letter that landed Donald Sutherland his role in "The Hunger Games" Join the conversation about this story
Click here to read full news..

Premium Times Headlines Today
[Wed-27-Oct-2021]

No regrets over my failed marriage Actress, Damilola Adegbite

Civil defence impounds 71,000 litres of adulterated petroleum product in Cross River

Ex-senator remains in captivity, more than 50 days after abduction

Gov Yahaya urges army to remain resolute in dealing with emerging security threats

Tribunal strikes out Multichoices appeal against $342 million tax backlog

Suspected smugglers kill customs officer

Bread price in Enugu may rise by 200% before December Survey

FEC gives NNPC approval to spend N621.2bn tax liabilities on road projects

Ortom presents 2022 budget of N155.6 billion to Benue Assembly

Click to view all Premium Times headlines today

World Headlines Today
[Wed-27-Oct-2021]

$100 Oil' It Depends On OPEC - Forbes

$2K Coronavirus Stimulus Checks from Massachusetts May Be Coming - Entrepreneur

$39.5-Million Bel-Air Estate Stands In Tribute To Its Creators - Forbes

$547 million Villa with world's only Caravaggio ceiling mural goes on sale - CNN

10 things before the opening bell - Business Insider

10 Things in Politics: Inside the Kamala Harris campaign diaspora - Business Insider

10 things in tech you need to know today - Business Insider

100 days to the Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn on mental health, retirement and fashion - CNN

11 Medical Marketing Myths - Forbes

Click to view all World headlines today

Entertainment Headlines Today
[Wed-27-Oct-2021]

#BBNaijas Cross shared his nude video on Snapchat just after his mother told him she wants to use his platform to preach the gospel (video) - Linda Ikeji

#EndSARS: Stabbed Security Agent Laments Ordeal, Seeks Help - Tori

#WorkWearFashion: How to Look Super-Chic & Smart to Work | Issue 98 - Bellanaija

"Should I be worried'" Ike Onyema shares troubling video of Omashola looking unkempt in the middle of a street days after posting about depression - Linda Ikeji

12 million Nigerian children are afraid of attending school - President Buhari - Linda Ikeji

2023: Southwest Governors Meet Bola Tinubu at Bourdillon (Photo) - Tori

2023: Tinubu As President Will Be A Disaster Primate Ayodele Warns - Tori

2023: Tinubu as President will be a disaster ' Primate Ayodele predicts - Miss Petite

27-year-old Man Arrested For Sexually Molesting 3 Boys Aged 9, 11, 12 In Rivers - Miss Petite

Click to view all Entertainment headlines today

Sports Headlines Today
[Wed-27-Oct-2021]

As stakeholders, Kida differ - The Sun

2021 MTN8 Final: PSL confirm fans to attend Mamelodi Sundowns vs Cape Town City clash - Goal

2021 NFL Trade Block Big Board Entering Week 8 - Bleacher Report

3 Players That 49ers Must Consider Trading at 2021 NFL Trade Deadline - Bleacher Report

3 Players That Bears Must Consider Trading at 2021 NFL Trade Deadline - Bleacher Report

3 Players That Browns Must Consider Trading for at 2021 NFL Trade Deadline - Bleacher Report

3 Players That Cowboys Must Consider Trading for at 2021 NFL Trade Deadline - Bleacher Report

3 Players That Eagles Must Consider Trading at 2021 NFL Trade Deadline - Bleacher Report

3 Players That Packers Must Consider Trading for at 2021 NFL Trade Deadline - Bleacher Report

Click to view all Sports headlines today

News Archive
Nigerian Dailies: Punch  |  Vanguard   |  The Nation  |  Thisday  |  Daily Sun  |  Guardian  |  The Authority  |  Daily Times  |  Daily Trust  |  Daily Independent  |   The Herald  |  Tribune  |  Leadership  |  National Mirror  |  BusinessDay  |  New Telegraph  |  Peoples Daily  |  Blueprint  |  Nigerian Pilot  |  Sahara Reporters  |  Premium Times  |  The Cable  |  Osun Defender  |  PM News  |  APO Africa Newsroom

Categories Today: World  |  Sports  |  Technology  |  Entertainment  |  Business  |  Politics  |  Columns  |  All Headlines Today

Entertainment (Local): Linda Ikeji  |  Bella Naija  |  Tori  |  Pulse  |  The NET  |  DailyPost  |  Information Nigeria  |  Gistlover  |  Lailas Blog  |  Miss Petite  |  Olufamous  |  Stella Dimoko Korkus Blog  |  Ynaija  |  All Entertainment News Today

Entertainment (World): TMZ  |  Daily Mail  |  Huffington Post

Sports: Goal  |  African Football  |  Bleacher Report  |  FTBpro  |  Kickoff  |  All Sports Headlines Today

Business & Finance: Nairametrics  |  Nigerian Tenders  |  Business Insider  |  Forbes  |  Entrepreneur  |  The Economist  |  BusinessTech  |  Financial Watch  |  BusinessDay  |  All Business News Headlines Today

Technology (Local): Techpoint  |  TechMoran  |  TechCity  |  Innovation Village  |  IT News Africa  |  Technology Times  |  Technext  |  Techcabal  |  All Technology News Headlines Today

Technology (World): Techcrunch  |  Techmeme  |  Slashdot  |  Wired  |  Hackers News  |  Engadget  |  Pocket Lint  |  The Verge

International Networks:   |  CNN  |  BBC  |  Al Jazeera  |  Associated Press  |  Yahoo

Forum:   |  Nairaland  |  Naij



Other Links: Home   |  Nigerian Jobs   |  Desktop Version

External Links