I just came across a movie review from THR on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, the movie which opens in theaters on November 21st, 2014. And the review is not a glowing review at all.
THERE ARE NO SPOILERS in this piece.
I normally do not ascribe much validity to many movie reviewers unless I’ve seen that they run concurrent opinions with my own, thus making them a go-to resource for me when deciding if I want to spend money at the theater. If you have hung with this site over the years you know how I feel about professional movie reviewers.
But this review hit on notes that struck a chord with me and made sense about how The Hungers Games had its third book split into two movies.
Let me explain.
There’s this huge fad of making more movies than there are books from various book series, and splitting the final story into two movies, much like Twilight or Harry Potter.
This splitting of the final chapter of a story is a cheap grab for money that doesn’t say much more the studios seeing the movie-goer as cash-cattle to be pushed, prodded and teased along.
And they can do it because the cattle will go to the movies because they love the movie that much.
Take a look at the last two Twilight films, where Breaking Dawn was split into two parts. Part one lasted 117 minutes and part two 115 minutes. All to tell the tale of a wedding, a honeymoon, a pregnancy, a birth and dealing with the bad guys.
That took four hours and the first two hours were filled with so much filler that it could have been put into a nice shorter segment, pulling this all into a two and half hour movie.
Instead, the studios love that you love the franchises and stick it to the movie consumer. It is a shame we can’t stand up for ourselves and just not go see a movie when a studio fraks with us like this. But the problem is that most will go see it and that’s that.
Heck, I think I can muster up the will power to not go see it in theaters, just so I can make a point with my wallet. But I’m a rare breed. Except that even Marvel Entertainment is going to pull this BS with the third and fourth Avengers movie. Arg. Now there, I’m probably screwed!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and is due out in theaters November 21st.
[ source: THR ]