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It started off pretty funny, and I'm an easy sell for a horror comedy, but it just didn't fully come together with some of the later jokes falling flat. There's also the general aesthetic of the movie which goes out of its way to look as if it had been shot by college students, with interesting camera movements coming at you and a general sloppiness. It was fun but it could have been so much better.
I was very much looking forward to this movie, but in the end I never really got into it. It had touches from a bunch of other movies before it, bringing to mind my favourite demon child flick, we need to talk about kevin, but it just never really went anywhere new with its relatively original premise. I kept wanting to see more mayhem and destruction but the filmmakers were clearly leaving off the bigger setpieces for the sequel, as well as suffering from an over reliance of jump scares. It was good, but by no means essential viewing.
Wildly inventive, Jordan Peele's second movie doesn't quite reach the heights of Get Out, nor does it balance horror and comedy nearly as well as that Oscar winning movie, but it delivers tension and mystery throughout. With a terrific leading performance by Lupita Nyong'o, it builds on the suspense established from the opening scene and it has some funny moments peppered about. However, it is littered with plot holes and inconsistencies that keep me from giving it a higher grade. Although the plot twists and conceit had me debating whether to give it another half star higher because i enjoyed them so much, the truth is the horror and plotting itself, the actions of the characters, just weren't clever enough for me to grade it higher.
Way better than the first half of mockingjay, it is a little long and drags at times but for the most part it is a fitting and satisfying end to the hunger games saga. As always in this series, the dialogue flails at times but there are a few genuine moments of tension throughout, as well as a whole lot of ending. Pretty much every major character gets a farewell scene and I like that there was an unexpected twist or two before it all wraps up. It's dark and deals with several complex ideas about government and propaganda as the series as a whole always tried to do. The award winning actors do their best with the material and it all comes together nicely enough.
It was a solid movie but it suffered from having been split up into two parts, with not a whole ton happening in this first half, more than setting up the final showdown between the rebels and the Capitol. The hanging tree song is a highlight as was Katniss' quick visit to a hospital and the ensuing battle. It may be most notable for being one of the great Philip Seymour Hoffman's last films and, while he plays his part admirably, it is a little sad to see him wasted on such a blatantly filler movie that only exists to make the studios twice as much money while drumming up enthusiasm for the actual resolution to the hunger games trilogy (tetralogy?).