Movie Review – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

by Francis Lawrence

by Francis Lawrence

‘Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.’ (IMDb) (by Francis Lawrence, 123 min.)

I wan’t really impressed by this movie. I must say that this wasn’t my favorite book either. The entire first part of the book was just so uneventful and a lot of talking, what this movie also was. The few bits of action we get to see are such a small part of the story that the rest is just so long.

We get to see how they try to turn Katniss in the image of the revolution, of which she wants no part. We get to see a part of her that we didn’t see before. For the first time in the movies she didn’t have to fight in the games, but she is stuck in a foreign place with people she doesn’t know.

I have the feeling that this entire movie was just a build-up for something bigger, that we didn’t see yet. I’m certain that the next movie will be full of action again and more like we know of the Hunger Games.

3,5 out of 5 stars… I didn’t love it, but it was still an interesting story.

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Movie Review – Fury

by David Ayer

by David Ayer

‘April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.’ (IMDb) (by David Ayer, 134 min.)

This movie was such a surprise to me. It was better than I expected. It wasn’t the best war-movie I ever saw. It was still idealized a bit and showing the Americans in a good light, always neglecting what others have done. But the characters were all really nice and so different from one another. And you keep rooting for them to succeed.

It is a war movie so these are never without casualties and some of my favorite characters of this movie died and it made my heart break. But it was done in such a way that you had enough time to get to know them better, before they died.

The images were also so great, but some of the special effects and the shooting from guns, seemed a bit more science-fiction than actual bullets zipping through the air. But it didn’t pull me out of the story as much as I expected. I will definitely watch this movie again.

out of 5 stars.

Movie Review – Samba

by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano

by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano

‘Samba migrated to France 10 years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives Samba’s willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together.’ (IMDb) (by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, 120 min.)

I enjoyed this film, but it wasn’t as good as Les Intouchables. I couldn’t really relate to the characters and except the amazing performance by Omar Sy, the others were ok. It wasn’t Charlotte Gainsbourg’s best performance. She was a bit grey and stuck-up and I know it was her character and she had to play it like this, but I don’t know if it was the best way for her to portray her character like this.

The other two actors were charming, but couldn’t go up to the level of Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Their relationship was cute to see evolve, but it was just a sidestep from the main storyline. But it did give a fresher story in the somewhat darker story.

3,5 out of 5 stars

Movie Review – How to Train Your Dragon 2

by Dean DeBois

by Dean DeBois

‘When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.’ (IMDb) (by Dean DeBois, 102 min.)

I liked this movie a lot. I was already in love with the first film and I enjoyed the way the story took when it ended. And so glad the second movie is even better.

The characters have grown up a bit and it shows in how they act as individuals and how they interact with one another. The entire story is so much more interesting this way. They took us to an entire new level and I’m glad to see the way it went.

We got to meet a few new characters and they’re all really interesting. All the graphics of the entire film are so interesting and well done, so it seriously helps to get into this film. I’m gladly going to watch this again really soon.

4,5 out of 5 stars…