It’s Friday again, our favourite day of the week because it ushers in another weekend; two days off the hassles of Lagos traffic (coupled with the never ending fuel scarcity), off a job that makes you miserable and two days that brings you closer to the best time of the month; pay day… lol. Yeah I can relate. Been there, done that and never want to again for as long as I live. To digress a little, isn’t it surprising that with the huge glut of crude oil in the international market, Nigeria still can’t take care of her fuel needs. I can’t help but wonder why it’s so hard for our leaders to see that as long as the refineries aren’t functioning in full capacity to produce enough fuel for the masses and as long as we insist on importation there will never be an end to the scarcity.
Anyways I’ve got another movie to help you shake off the week’s stress. It’s another sequel and one of those that ends with a cliff hanger keeping you in suspense, waiting for the concluding part. So imagine my joy when I saw the preview during the week and I thought to myself here’s my chance to be finally done with it… can you take a guess? It’s the ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1.
Mockingjay- Part 1’ is a 2014 American science fiction war film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on a novel by Suzanne Collins. It is the first of the two films based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games Trilogy. Mockingjay- Part 1 is the third installment in the The Hunger Games film series with the,
Hunger Games (2012) and Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and distributed by Lionsgate. The story continues to follow Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence); having twice survived The Hunger Games (a compulsory annual televised death match featuring children). Katniss finds herself in District 13 under the leadership of President Coin and under the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against The Capitol and fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. The movies stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, yeah he’s Chris Hemsworth (Thor’s) brother… look at the eyes people.
With it’s release, the first sequel Hunger Games set records for the opening day ($67.3 million) and opening weekend for a non-sequel. At the time of release, the film opening gross ($152.5 million) was the third largest movie in North America. The film is the first since Avatar to remain in the box office for four consecutive weekends and was a massive box-office success grossing over $694 million worldwide against it’s budget of $78 million, making it the third-highest-grossing film in the United States and ninth-highest grossing worldwide of 2012. With over 7,434,058 units sold (not accounting for piracy) the DVD was the bestselling DVD of 2012. The movie received positive reviews from critics with praise for it’s theme and messages, as well as Jennifer Lawrence for her portrayal of Katniss, garnering her a Saturn Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and an Empire Award for Best Actress. With additional Grammy Award for the Soundtrack and Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song.
Though the latest sequel Mockingjay- Part 1 received positive reviews from critics, who commended it’s acting and subtext, it was criticized for it’s lack of action and for splitting the novel into two separate adaptations. My thoughts exactly! Looking at how Catching Fire ended, with the rebels declaring war on President Snow and the Capitol, I expected some form of ACTION in the movie. I didn’t expect to sit through 90 minutes of boring dialogue between Katniss and Gale, on how reluctant Katniss is to be used as a Rebel Symbol (like we didn’t already know) or of a brainwashed Peeta being used as a pawn by President Snow. I may have dozed off at some point.. lol. Not my fault! It’s all on the movie. Even if the producers wanted to go home video style and squeeze out another sequel, the least they could have done was to start the action in Mockingjay- Part 1 and spill it over into Part 2. I suppose the Part 1 thing should have alerted me to how the movie would go… or not go.
So go see the movie and send in your opinions. Moving on because I’m in such a good mood this month being my birthday month and all, Jollyhood Pictures is giving out a freebie. Yay! We’ve got a free ticket for one lucky winner to see a Stage Musical Production on the 6th of December. All you have to do is answer the question as to who said a particular line in a movie, the title of the movie and the year the movie was released. Are we ready? The dialogue line is…
“I once appeared convincingly as Obama before Congress.”
Once again tell us the actor that said the line above, the movie title and the year of release. And the first person to send in the correct answer gets the ticket to see the Production. The ball’s in your court guys so start mailing. Do have an awesome weekend people. Cheerio.