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POLL: What Is Your Ranking Of The Hunger Games Movies?

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Those of you that have seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 have now seen all four movies. Now it’s time to tell us what your ranking of the movies is!

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  • Pulchritudinous

    Catching Fire still is the best for me, which is weird since it’s my second favorite book. Maybe because it has more of a spectacle feel to it than the rest; the marketing for it sure made it seem that way. The Mockingjays are in the middle for me because I wasn’t a big fan of the over-spoonfeeding both parts had but were incredible adaptations tonally and The Hunger Games is last because anyone who isn’t named Katniss or Seneca got the shaft.

    • Catching Fire was my least favorite book but favorite movie, so I hear ya! THG is the last because of the ending being totally bleh for me, which was where it was supposed to kill it.

      • Pulchritudinous

        Same, but I think they wanted to keep it more open-minded for the sequels so they downplayed some moments. But I have to say Gary portrayed the suicide pact scene quite nicely. 🙂

  • kolajo

    From Best to Worst:

    1.) Catching Fire (Easily. I thought it was where all the elements we love about the series came together nicely.)

    2.) Mockingjay Part 1 (I appreciated it over multiple viewings. Loved the Political drama/thriller tone it had and the themes it explored.)

    3.) Mockingjay Part 2 (An enthralling and emotionally satisfying conclusion to the saga.)

    4.) The Hunger Games (While I enjoyed it, I thought it was sloppily directed and edited compared to its sequels. It also felt very cheap and considering the quality of the 1st book, it was a pretty uninspired adaptation imo. Gary Ross probably needed a bigger budget.)

  • spencer

    I am seeing Part 2 on friday so I will vote then but, I was just watching the first movie and the first scene with Gale and Katniss in the field she says “I am never having kids” and I love that in the end she does have kids she doesnt have to worry about!

  • Fat_peeps_hallowseve

    #1 Mockingjay Part 2

    #2 Catching Fire

    #3 The Hunger Games

    #4 Mockingjay Part 1

  • Louise Mossige

    I’m in the minority ranking-wise, though, a lot of the time I don’t even agree with myself lol. But I’ll try:
    1) Mockinjay Part 2. A lot was so good that I can *almost* forget what wasn’t good.
    2) Mockingjay Part 1. Very consistently good, Jennifer’s best together with THG for me
    3) THG: It’s so maddeningly uneven that I get schizofrenic! The good moments outshines all the other movies for me, but it’s also terribly flawed.
    4) Catching Fire. It *looked* great, but the script wasn’t so good (was before Peter Craig came), and some of the camerawork/framing was downright sloppy. Sorry, but it was. Also suddenly Josh and Jen had awful chemistry when it was pretty good in THG (Gary Ross was good with love scenes despite butchering Peeta…this is where the schizophrenia comes in 😉

    • Jackson Brooks Sharpe

      I agree with you that Frances has improved a lot too. Mockingjay Part 2 has some really strong emotional touches that i felt were lacking in Catching Fire, or more accurately were there, but didn’t come across as effortlessly or with a substantial power to them.

      • Louise Mossige

        Thanks, I appreciate you saying that, because I sometimes feel like I’m the only one who didn’t 100% adore Catching Fire lol.
        I just read the interview with Francis where he says he tries to learn from criticism, and that’s very admirable as my impression is a lot of actors/directors avoid reading bad reviews. Francis is in a tough position, I know I couldn’t have handled the pressure.

  • Plume

    I really can’t rank them in an order. The only thing I can say is that Catching Fire is my favourite movie, just like it’s my favourite book. I can’t put one last, even though MJ2 was the one I was the most disappointed with, I still love it. I don’t really feel disappointed with THG because I saw it before I read the book.
    If I rank them from the the one that disappointed me the less and the one that disappointed me the most compared to the book, it’s : CF-MJ1-THG-MJ2. But that doesn’t mean that MJ2 is the one I like the least.

    • Jackson Brooks Sharpe

      I can agree with this statement too. I also saw THG before I read to the book, so maybe that’s why it was much easier for me to fall in love with it. With MJP2, I really liked it a lot, but there were some choices I didn’t agree with, especially like choosing to film the scene where Katniss gets shot underground instead of outside in front of a huge crowd, and there was too much time spent in the sewers.

  • Jackson Brooks Sharpe

    Apparently I’m in the minority here too. i chose THG, MJP2, CF, MJP1 (although CF might be tied for my second favorite). But I feel like THG felt like a heart-felt story, but the ones after (Especially the MJ’s) felt like blockbusters which were less personal. THG just gave a holistic feel and gave a strong impression the Districts and The Capitol, and I felt like I got to know Katniss and Peeta the most in that movie. Gary Ross used his time wisely and got a lot of information across on the screen. He did make some poor choices though with things like Buttercup not looking like Buttercup and some i didn’t like the unrealistic way the mutts came out of the ground as if they appeared.

    But Frances Lawrence made some excellent choices with world building and adapting the books, but it lacked several emotional moments and critical pieces to give a well-rounded rending of the story. I feel he really got the story and understood it perfectly, but it didn’t quite translate emotionally all the time.

  • Louise

    1. CATCHING FIRE for an AMAZING idea with an another dramatical competition between the winners, the island area and the dangers coming in the clock rotation. For the most intensive moments between Katniss and Peeta. For Finnick. For 3h of action and great effects. For everything.

    2. All remaining ones to be honest. I cannot choose, MJ2 is still too fresh for me. The whole saga is just a great idea. But Catching Fire… For me a masterpiece!

  • Mockingjay Part 2 and Catching Fire are tying for me now. Catching Fire was just perfect in every way! It was such a spectacle and stuck so true to the emotional core. I thought the way the epilogue in MJ Part 2 was filmed was a little cheesy (it’s very difficult to get the balance right with a scene like that) and I might have liked a little more emphasis on Katniss and Peeta growing back together. Plus the grim, powerful period of Katniss’s depression was skimmed, though I honestly understand why particularly when Katniss’s mental state featured so heavily in the rest of the film. But I was so so moved by the emotional integrity of the film and my mouth actually hung in horror on so many occasions! Incredible film!
    MJ Part 1 is then beneath these two. It was again emotionally charged and had some amazing moments, but at times it seemed a little over-the-top. The Hunger Games is at the bottom because it felt quite sanitised compared to the rest of the films. It again had wonderful moments, but a lot of emotional opportunities were left hanging, particularly at the end, and luckily all the improvements I hoped would be made for the sequels were met.

  • PeetaMellark2015

    catching fire is the best
    though finnick is weird
    SPOILER ALERT
    I am glad he dies

  • TheJabberMockingjay

    1. MJ1 is the best for me because despite all of its flaws and the fact that the split was obviously to milk as much money out of the franchise as possible, it was the most tonally consistent with the books and was (mostly) honest about what it was (a slow-paced political thriller instead of a high-octane action film).
    2. THG is the runner up because, like MJ1, at least it attempted to retain the general horror of the Games that were felt very strongly in the book. Unlike CF, at least it didn’t try to dazzle with sweeping crane shots, epic battle music and flashy special effects. The biggest flaws in this movie, though, were the technical aspects such as the cinematography and editing. Inconsistent camerawork, bizarre transitions and overuse of shaky cam kept me distracted for most of the film.
    3. MJ2 is my third favorite. I like that it tried to get out of the way of the standard Hollywood blockbuster, but since the second half of Mockingjay was so impressive and impactful for me, the adaptation fell flat on its face. The third book was a brilliant satire of our own celebrity culture and how we use it to sell the idea that war is a justifiable and glorious thing. Since I read it when I was 11 (my favorite movie at the time was Michael Bay’s Transformers, I kid you not), the book was nearly life changing for me. I was skeptical about the fact that a book that attacked its own popularity in the media was getting an adaptation as a big budget action blockbuster, and the movie only confirmed my expectations. Literally everything that it could tone down from the book, it did (the violence, the intensity, the moral complexity, the politics, etc.). Like, most of the technical aspects and acting were sound, but seriously, would you hate to see a subdued remake of an impressive original like Platoon or Come and See? One scene that I felt was every bit as intense and emotional as in the book, however, was the cat scene (Team Buttercup!) Jennifer’s acting was faultless and the somber music near the end was simply perfect and really set the mood for that scene. And I was impressed by the creative 360 degree shot circling Katniss and Prim during the wedding scene, which isolated them from the rest of the crowd in an otherwise wild and chaotic scene.
    4. Ok, where do I start? I really think that CF didn’t know what it really wanted to be (an escapist action flick? A sci-fi thriller? An anti-war film?) but that it was completely tonally inconsistent with the books. Gone were the more intimate and emotional sequences from the first movie, to be replaced by high-octane action, grander and wider shots rendered in dazzling IMAX, and the sanitized violence of the Hollywood blockbuster, which, by all means, are perfect for a movie like Furious 7 or Jurassic World, but feel so wrong in a movie adapted from a book critiquing the very notion that violence and death are made into family-friendly entertainment. It feels as though Michael Bay were directing a reboot of Saving Private Ryan (oh, the horror). Not to mention, some of Donald Sutherland’s lines in the script were just hammy, such as the “Katniss’ species” line. Can we please just have him tell Katniss to “knock it off with them negative waves”?
    Look, I know I’m rambling, but I love talking about movies, and I’m such a huge fan of the book series and the fandom that you’ve just gained a subscriber. 🙂

  • Naveen Dravid

    1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
    2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
    3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    4. The Hunger Games