The modern phenomena in cinema for a film franchise to release a film every year has predictably led to some uninspiring sequels that exist only to make money and move the story along. Attack of the Clones, The Matrix Reloaded, a bunch of the Avengers films… they serve only as chapters in a longer story. It is a uninspired and cynical ploy and films such as The Empire Strikes Back, The Two Towers and even Die Hard 2 are examples that show that the middle instalment in a trilogy needn’t just be filler.
Unfortunately Mockingjay Part 1 is definitely a sequel to forget. Without the plot device of the actual games themselves you are left with a weak dystopian teen drama. Even Jennifer Lawrence seems off her game and while it is nice to enjoy Phillip Seymour Hoffman one last time this film is hardly a fitting farewell for such a talented actor. To be honest nobody really comes out of this particularly well. Even new addition Julianne Moore fails to capture the imposing character from the source material.
Mockingjay part 1 is a film I can never imagine watching again and appears to be the start of what was a promising franchise fizzling out rather ending with a bang.