The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)- A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)- A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hunger Games failed to excite me first time out, it’s Young Adult take on Battle Royale ended up being more Royale With Cheese. But oddly the sequel makes a much better job of it.  From it’s engaging characters, fantastic production design and larger than life performances, Catching Fire delivered where The Hunger Games failed.  Well worth a watch. 

Best Bit: The production design is amazing

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If you liked this try: Harry Potter Films, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Hunger Games

 


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Blog: The Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 1 – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 1 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hunger Games films have always been a bit hit and miss to me.  The first one didn’t grab me at all, being a low rent PG13 version of Battle Royale,  but oddly I was quite engaged with Catching Fire and hoped this would be an upward trend of the remaining two films.  Sadly Mockingly Part 1 lives up to it’s books reputation as being more than a little disappointing.  It’s not bad but in two hours other than a lot of shouting and crying, little actually happens.  Lawrence and the films awesomely impressive cast are great but the story gives them nothing to do.  So not bad just really dull.  Let’s hope Part 2 finally delivers…

Best Bit: The hospital

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Borrow

If You Liked this Try: Hunger Games, Hunger Games Catching Fire, Divergent

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – The Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 1 Reviewed

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – The Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 1 Reviewed

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After the events of ‘Catching Fire’, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is now safely ensconced in the underground rebel hideout of District 13, and has been shanghaied by its leader (Moore) to be the spearhead of a publicity campaign to lead the other districts in an all out rebellion against  the evil President Snow (Sutherland) and his totalitarian government. 

Director: Frances Lawrence
Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland.

In past i have not exactly been backward in coming forward with my dislike of Hollywood’s never ending obsession with adapting young adult novels into films. To say the least i hated Divergent, loathed The Mortal Instruments and don’t even get me started on the bloody Twilight series.

Despite this however – i have always liked the Hunger Games. Both the previous two entries were extremely well made, superbly written, relentlessly exciting and featured very strong performances from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland. Indeed i am  pleased to say that Mockingjay has all of this – but –  and its a big but – its only half a film (the other half is due next year) and maddeningly ends very abruptly just when it moves into high gear and starts to get interesting.

Ok I can understand why the studio cut it in two –  they wanted to make more money, which makes complete sense from a business point of view – but in doing so they have completely and utterly short changed the audience, who will now have to cough up more money in 2015 in order to see how the whole thing ends. Now in the past this has been necessary  – The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies had way too much story to tell in anything less than 3 films a piece, and frankly I didn’t mind shelling out to see them as they were all brilliant (i haven’t yet seen the 3rd Hobbit film as its out later in December). I could even see the point of splitting Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows in to two parts, as again the book is just too big for one film.

However with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay this was a totally unnecessary move, as a great deal of its story is nothing more than padding and window dressing for all the good stuff (i.e. fighting) that is going to happen in the next film. Indeed on reflection i completely struggled to see the point of it all. There isn’t that much action, the story doesn’t really move forward and as good as she is, Jennifer Lawrence is given very little to do other than mope and incessantly worry about  Hutcherson and Hemsworth.

Don’t get me wrong i did like Mockingjay – but because its only half a film i truly am at a loss as to how to properly review it, so just this once i am not going to give it any stars at all because until i see part 2 next year its going to be impossible to form a  proper opinion about it.

Frustrating

 

Author: Will Strong 

 

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s 10 quick reviews

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s 10 quick reviews

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Over the past few weeks i have managed to watch a large amount of films – i would normally write full reviews on all of them, however time does not permit, so for your perusal please see below 10 quick reviews of films i have recently seen.

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2 Guns

Director: Balathazar Kormakur

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington

Some funny one liners, action scenes are plentiful but uninspiring, Wahlberg and Washington have good chemistry, but ultimately this is a rather average effort that plays like a poor mans Lethal Weapon – passes the time, but that’s it.

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R.I.P.D

Director: Robert Swenkte

Starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds.

One of the biggest flops of 2013  and a shameless rip off of Men In Black, the sfx are shoddy, the plot contrived and its at least a quarter of an hour too short – however Reynolds and Bridges are very good and the final 20 minutes are pleasingly action packed – certainly not the worst film I’ve ever seen.

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I Frankenstein

Director: Stuart Beattie

Starring Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski

Made by the same people who did the Underworld Series – bit silly, woeful effects, terrible script and a very miscast Eckhart – but quite enjoyable in parts and certainly not as bad as all the critics would have you believe.

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The Legend Of Hercules

Director: Renny Harlin

Starring Kellan Lutz

Words fail me on this one . Looks like it was edited with a chainsaw,  script appears to have been written by a ten year old and Kellan Lutz’ “performance” as Hercules resembles nothing more than a large plank of balsa wood. By far and away THEworst film of 2014 and candidate for one of the worst films ever made – staggeringly awful. And yes you read that right- its directed by Renny Harlin  – on this evidence the glory days of Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2 are but a distant memory.

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Sabotage

Director: David Ayer

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington

Another flop – one of the worst of Arnie’s career in fact. Shame really as its not half bad. Well acted, well made, gritty, with some pretty good action scenes. The problem isn’t the film per se  – its Arnie – unfortunately he’s played this kind of role too many times and to be honest he’s looking a bit past it to really be credible any more.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Director: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson

Absolutely superb sequel to 2011’s The Hunger Games, Lawrence, Harrelson and Sutherland are all superb, as is the direction, story and production values  – cracking film, very exciting – don’t miss it.

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The Worlds End

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman.

The third entry in the “Cornetto Trilogy” is a crashing disappointment on a epic scale, featuring annoying characters (especially Pegg’s), an appallingly unfunny script and a rubbish story.

Absolutely pales in comparison to the frankly brilliant Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Dear God Edgar, what the hell went wrong here mate??????????

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3 Days to Kill

Director: McG

Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard

Despite a top notch turn from Costner, this action thriller simply doesn’t cut the mustard. Persistently slows down when it should be going full steam ahead, overlong and is suspiciously reminiscent of Taken.

– another dud from McG.

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Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco

A great performance from Johnson cant save this from being a very standard actioner, not bad, but Seagal was churning these out in his sleep 20 years ago.

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Homefront

Director: Gary Fleder

Starring Jason Statham, James Franco.

Good old fashioned beat em up, plenty of fisticuffs and gunfights, written and produced by Sly Stallone, Statham is great value as ever, and Franco is excellent as the bad guy – but what in the name of Zeus’s butthole is he doing in this kind of film????????????????!!!

 
Author: Will Strong 

 

The Hunger Games Catching Fire: A Quick Capsule Review

The Hunger Games Catching Fire: A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hunger Games failed to excite me first time out, it’s Young Adult take on Battle Royale ended up being more Royale With Cheese. But oddly the sequel makes a much better job of it.  From it’s engaging characters, fantastic production design and larger than life performances, Catching Fire delivered where The Hunger Games failed.  Well worth a watch. 

Best Bit: The production design is amazing

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Rent

If you liked this try: Harry Potter Films (7/10); Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (5/10); Hunger Games (4/10)

Worst Film of 2013: The Host

Worst Film of 2013: The Host

Best & Worst Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A real nadir of the YA films sub genre, despite a great cast The Host does nothing right.  It’s boring, it treads what was even then overly familiar ground and offers nothing to either it’s target market or anyone else unlucky enough to watch it. One to miss.

Best Bit: Well it ended which was good

Buy, Stream, Avoid: AVOID

If You Liked this Try: Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent