Take a Drink: anytime you catch Katniss crying.
Take a Sip: whenever you hear “Katniss” or “Peeta” or “Mockingjay”.
Do a Shot: for every nightmare.
Take a Drink: each time there’s a broadcast or video message.
Shotgun a Beer: when Peeta goes WWF on Katniss.
Pour a Little Out: in loving memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
By: Felix Felicis (Two Beers) –
One time I played Hungry Hungry Hippos wasted and was fishing balls out of weird places for daaaaays (sadly unlike The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 where no one was wasted and nary a ball to be found onscreen). But if awkward love triangles, political fencing, and ugly crying are your thing then have I got the film for you! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is the latest entry into the series franchise and comes out the action gate with more explosions per minute than Charlie Sheen mid-rehab.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 follows Jennifer Lawrence as she continues to kick ass as Katniss Everdeen. Once a Victor of a brutal annual Battle Royale, under the thumb of an oppressive regime, events of the franchise have forced Katniss to be the Cover Girl of a revolution against an evil dictator while, like, TOTALLY crushing on two guys… Kind of? Out of the frying pan and into the Mockingjay flames, will Katniss save her wuv, twu wuv, from a fate worse than death? Will Gale and Peeta oil up and get shirtless for freedom? Will JLaw’s ass be added as the eighth wonder of the world?
First off, let’s get the Honey Boo Boo’s Mother out in the open. In light of the deeply tragic passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman I was apprehensive to walk in to one of his final projects and his character (Plutarch Heavensbee) and presence onscreen was bittersweet because, watching the depth and range of the talent at his fingertips, made me only too aware of our loss. Rest assured that they didn’t pull an Aaliyah as his role in the two-pronged film (Part 1 completely wrapped and Part 2 with only one scene left undone) was mostly finished before he passed, so no CGI was used to complete his role (the remainder of his dialogue in Part 2 was given to other characters). There was one particularly poignant line, Hoffman fans, that you’ll need to pull on your big boy and girl thunderwear to get past without sobbing like a white girl after Pumpkin Spice Latte season ends:
“Everyone and everything is replaceable.”
Hoffman homage aside, this is JLaw’s franchise (and film) beginning, middle and end. Blasting onto the international radar with Katniss in The Hunger Games, Lawrence has proven (with grittier, more character-driven fare like Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle) that she’s got the talent and depth to stay on the grid for the long haul. With more of a previously static stoicism in the earlier films, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 releases an authentic yet insanely weepy Katniss on us.
Like, if I had a dollar for every time Lawrence was upset, stunned, wildly aggressive, or the holy grail of upset, stunned, AND wildly aggressive, I’d be rich enough to afford two-ply toilet paper. Lawrence delivers a realistic, if not overly aesthetically pleasing at times character evolution and manages to take my least favorite book in the trilogy from page to screen in an engrossingly genuine way. Not to mention her haunting vocals highlighted as she sings “The Hanging Tree” juxtaposed over a nighttime rebel raid. Though nods to a welcome, familiar, and talented ensemble cast, Lawrence and her Katniss are what makes this movie tick.
The soundtrack, as you can hear above, was on point and elevated the film, weaving together characters and events seamlessly (alongside exciting action and impactful performances). The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 defies the curse of the franchise sequel and delivers an engaging teen romp through action, adventure, and totes awks relationship drama.
There were slight, detracting factors that kept The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 from perfection. The pacing of the film, while not lagging, hit lulls in between the action noticeable enough to take me out of the moment. Add to that an abrupt ending just when the movie was really gaining steam and momentum (not unlike getting wasted and passing out in the middle of foreplay) and we’re left feeling exactly like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is what it is, a hanging transitional piece.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a solid entry into the franchise sure to satisfy fans of the series and newcomers alike. Grab a guy, grab a girl, grab a potted plant you got wasted and stole from your asshole neighbor Steve and go see this right now. Learning interpretive mime can wait.
Last Call: There’s a minor Mockingjay emblem animation all the way at the end of the credits but no additional scenes (so feel free to skip out and grab a beer when the movie ends).