|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||…|
Plot: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
Is that it?
In the last six months I have seen that trailer (which naturally contained all the films best bits bar none) more than I have seen my own mother. When the previous film was boring me to a stupor that threatened to become a full on doze at least I comforted myself that this film was going to be more action-focused.
Oh, and about those previous movies…. The film assumes that you’ve watched them straight before this one as no effort is made to introduce the plot, characters, situation….
There is a lot to like about this film. James Newton Howard does his usual sterling job on the soundtrack, a lot of the shots are exquisite, its clear that the costume designers were told “go nuts” and are having the time of their lives.
All the actors are putting in good performances, and I liked the way that it wrapped up all its lose ends.
But I was still bored stiff.
How can I put this? The heroine was useless. If Katniss and her unit/group of red-shirts had stayed at home playing Monopoly then the plot would not have been impacted in the slightest. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, films like Saving Private Ryan and Fury have proven that this can work, except in neither of those film was a character meant to be “the one” who can save the world.
The budget for this film was allegedly 160 million dollars and I have no idea where the money went. In the cinema, I was mentally trying to guess the budget and I came up with half that amount. The action scenes are small, with no stand out moments, most of the filming takes place on empty streets so where did all the money go?
Walking out of a sold out cinema, the atmosphere was lukewarm, no-body was discussing their favorite moment or how clever the satire was. It was on, it didn’t offend me, it stopped. Except, I was expecting more. I wanted the action, I wanted the suspense, I wanted a villain who didn’t seem to know from minute one that the game was up.
I want the film that I was promised in the trailers.
My Score- If Nothing Else