Oh my! I have not read the books yet but I've seen all of the films. Yes, that's right ALL of them. When I have a moment of free time reading the books and doing a book to film adaptation review is on the agenda...
The movie start is so unassuming. I almost missed that it was the beginning. It picks up after Peeta attacks Katniss. Do you remember that? Peeta tried to kill Katniss due to his "conditioning" in the capital. We can't trust him. Katniss can't trust him.
We're reintroduced to District 13 and President Coin. She, and her game master Plutarch Heavensbee, have plans for Katniss and Peeta that Katniss does not realize. Why would she? She's still blinded by her hate for Snow. She confers with Gale and slips out to the front line in an attempt to carry out her mission. However, she's discovered and becomes a beacon of hope, even more than she already is. She is assigned to an "elite" unit and Peeta is sent to join in. But even he is unsure of his role.
So, why did Coin send Peeta out knowing he was still a bit unhinged? Hm. Does she want Katniss dead? Is she a threat to Coin's future government?
All very interesting questions if you haven't read the books. I won't say anymore. The one thing I will say though, I kinda saw the twist at the end. It was really good, if you didn't read the books.
The saddest part of the film wasn't the storyline itself but the fact that Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn't around to finish what he started. I think his character and the ulterior motive was perfect! If you haven't read the books but have seen all the other films ...
Just get your ticket to see this film already!
Oh... I liked the ending of this better than the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. It just wraps everything up nice and neatly and doesn't feel forced. This is how you end a series.
In this outing as James Bond, Daniel Craig doesn't disappoint. He still makes the character believable. He also shows growth in the character rather than being the flat character that previous Bonds seem to be. Craig's Bond shows compassion and a wider range of feelings. He has a backstory that gives the audience more than a screen full of chesty, curvy women, car chases and explosions, although there is still plenty of that.
Sam Mendes turn as director isn't failing. He's put that backstory into play brilliantly giving Bond, whether it be Craig or the much speculated Idris Elba, something to fight for and something more to be. The character has so much potential. These days people want to see flawed heroes so they know that heroes are people too.
If you aren't sure about going to see this film, do it anyway. You won't be sorry that you did.
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