** Review contains spoiler from the book!
When I read Mockingjay a few months ago, the first half bored me to tears. The action started way later after Katniss life crisis debacle and President Coin’s aimless action, which nicely sums up this Part 1 in a few words. Lawrence was too concerned to split the movie into two parts that this one appear lopsided by playing it too safe. Katniss is mentally distress and fragile; Peeta is getting skinnier by days; Gale has more lines than before; Effie is back (which is great!); Haymitch is a ghost in the background; President Coin is surprisingly warm for a psychopath; Plutarch is okay; Boggs is… I have no idea; Cressida looks cool yet stiff; President Snow is as always scary; Finnick’s Capitol revelation is underwhelmed, while the others try to fit in this mess called a movie. And before I forget, explain to me how is Mockingjay darker than its predecessor? The first two movies showed teenagers killing each other when in this one you only get few schmaltzy scenes showing act of rebellion. However, I can’t blame my annoyance on the director and cast alone, they did well with a flimsy material from the book and pressure from the greedy producers. Mockingjay Part 1 is clearly a bridge to a bigger and better movie where uprising, political twist and huge battle is in store for the viewers. But does the film meet the merit as an entertaining stand-alone film? F*ck no.