If you haven’t yet read our fellow Jabberjays’ reviews of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, I highly encourage you all to go read them! These are reviews from fans to fans, completely spoiler-free, and giving you a real idea of what you can expect from the movie. You can read Ciara’s review here, and Sarah’s here. Also, if you’ve already seen the film (lucky dog!), be sure to stop by our spoilers discussion thread to tell us what you thought about the film.
It’s finally here: midnight screenings are already taking place around the world, and crowds are rushing to go and see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. If you’ve already seen it, you might not be concerned with what the critics are saying because you’ve made up your own mind about the movie. If (like me) you still have some time before you get to see it (*takes deep breath* 86 hours and twenty five minutes, give or take a few…), you might want to kill some time reading what other people thought about the film.
The floodgates have opened, and a large amount of reviews popped up online since yesterday’s Review Watch. Unfortunately, not all is good, as the Tomatometer score went down a few more points, now standing at 72%, with 46 fresh reviews out of a total of 64, and a rating of 6.4/10. If you’re keeping track, you might have noticed the score has been going up and down all day, so it’s most likely not stable yet. Fingers crossed a few more positive reviews come in to maybe bump it a few points higher over the course of opening weekend, although sadly the movie can’t be awarded “Certified Fresh” status anymore.
I won’t be doing summaries of the reviews from now on, because they are LITERALLY pouring in right now and it’s almost impossible to keep up with them, not to mention as of tomorrow we’ll finally have box office numbers and I’ll be shifting my focus to that. I’m just going to add that in general terms, in the reviews that have come in since yesterday– median is a 3/5 or an equivalent– the biggest negative issues are the pacing of the movie (most of the negative reviews call the action sequences great if not at least serviceable, but it seems the rest of it feels slow and uneven, mostly because of the book split inducing slack on the editing), the sidelining of the supporting cast, the “too dark, too serious” tone and color palette, and the drawn-out beginning and ending. On the positive we get praise for the performances, particularly Jennifer’s (although Donald, Julianne, Woody and Jena get a few mentions as well), as well as the heavier themes the movie touches on, and the sewer sequence seems to be universally applauded.
Not all of these opinions are not universal, though. There are a couple of reviewers that did not like the performances– even Jennifer’s, as some commented she’s outgrown this franchise by now– while on the other hand there are quite a few reviewers that enjoyed the darker tone and the focus on the bleaker themes, and a good few understand the necessity of the book split, and saw meaning in the bittersweet ending. The negative reviews seem really negative, but the positive reviews seem really positive. There’s a little bit of everything in there if you read enough.
Have you been following the reviews? If so, what do you think after today? Do any of the comments made, either positive or negative, change your expectations for the movie? Tell us in a comment. And don’t forget: if you already saw the movie, stop by our discussion thread to tell us what you thought of it. That’s where all the spoilers are!