Music Monday :: my thoughts on Mockingjay, Part 1

29 Nov

I… have very few of them, honestly.

I was explaining the plot of Mockingjay to my mother the other day, and the best I could come up with that there was a death spoiler that annoys me and an epilogue that annoys me.  The book as a whole was unmemorable and unremarkable to me; I can see how it would catch someone, I can, but it just didn’t catch me.

And that’s how I feel about the movies, too.  Conceptually I’m all for it, I’m all for female-led films.  Bechdel test-passing films, films about female characters with a variety of strengths and characteristics.  My complaint is mostly just that the narrative is not character-driven, and that’s true of the books, too.  There are interesting things you can latch onto and elaborate on, and there are some nuances there, but it’s not enough for me.  The story, the story that could go into all of these interesting and important things (in this installment political manipulation and then PTSD and trauma are the biggest ones), sort of pokes them and then runs away, in my opinion.

Revelations like the one that Finnick (Sam Claflin) presents about being prostituted by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) would be so much more effective if they weren’t just thrown out in a monologue and not discussed.  Conversations between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Prim (Willow Shields) and their mother (Paula Malcomson, and it still pisses me off that their mother doesn’t have a name) would be so much more effective if they didn’t just drop lines but instead actually tried to delve into serious topics.  Etcetera.

I didn’t remember Natalie Dormer’s character Cressida from the books at all, actually, so she was at least more present than I expected her to be.  And on this my comment is: I still could have used more of her (she does more interesting things with her face than a lot of actors seem to) but even when she’s doing an American accent, her voice is a purring delight to listen to.

Finally, I will say that hearing Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” on the movie theater speakers during the credits was probably the highlight of the evening for me.  Because I don’t care, I think it’s a damn good song, and I love hearing damn good songs on good speakers.

–your fangirl heroine.

taking no shit today thank you

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