The Hunger Games (Franchise)

4 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1; Part one of the conclusion to the series is a sad start – both in story and quality of the film itself. The acting is on par with the rest of the films and the script is pretty much equivalent. But, the story takes a gloomier route than what was previously displayed. There also tends to be times in which the movie seems to have almost confused itself in its own story. As well as all that, many audiences of the movies alone had been left hanging at the end of the previous movie and didn’t get even close to closure in part one of Mockingjay. The film overall was enjoyable but strayed quite a bit from the concept crowds really loved and left off with uncertainty that didn’t keep everyone interested. Cinemaster Score: 6.2/10

3 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2; Mockingjay – Part 2 is an in the middle finale. It loses itself in its convoluted plot, while still maintaining a rather entertaining pace. But when compared to its superior predecessors, it is a rather dull end to the popular franchise. Jennifer Lawrence looks comfortable in her role, but at times seems too uninterested or bored in certain scenes. Action scenes are well shot and crafted, with some truly exhilarating moments throughout. It is a good movie, but it is JUST a good movie – and nothing more. Mockingjay – Part 2 doesn’t take an opportunity to expand any characters in meaningful ways and – considering the lazily written ending that doesn’t match the rest of the series well at all – is disappointing as the finale to a series that had such a promising start. Cinemaster Score: 7.1/10

2 – The Hunger Games; The Hunger Games paved the way for more teenage focused action films and created a genre of its own. It took a unique premise and translated it perfectly from book to film, with a great respect for its source material. The main cast, specifically Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) are iconic because of the repeatability they provide with younger viewing audiences. It is easy to see why this series is so popular. You can tell it is made with a lot of attention to detail, especially with the lore and world building it immerses you with. Without a doubt, The Hunger Games is a genre defining movie – for better or worse – and it has left an indelible mark on the entertainment world. Cinemaster Score: 7.4/10

1 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; The second film of the Hunger Games franchise is most definitely better than its counterparts. Although, that doesn’t make a masterpiece by any means – with a script that can be painful at moments and a story that starts fairly bland and unenjoyable. Even with that in mind, Catching Fire has the strongest moments in the entire series. There are much better action scenes and more competitive battles during the games. The games themselves still being the direct key to the plot is great, too – in light of the fact that the games are what captured so many fans from the start. The story also – with its characters – evolves into a greater form. Each character from the first film is expanded upon well and the new ones are deep and complex. Catching Fire is emotional and shows us the first sliver of a bigger picture, ultimately being the biggest reason for a majority of the success of the films that followed. Cinemaster Score: 7.8/10

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