Every movie that makes a big splash at the box office gets one, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is no exception. You knew it was coming, and now the penultimate chapter in the multi-billion dollar franchise has received the Honest Trailer treatment. Check it out below.
I’m not usually a big fan of this kind of thing, or the Everything Wrong With… videos (though How It Should Have Ended are easily the best of the bunch), but I have to admit, this one did make me laugh out loud a couple of times. It overstays its welcome, which this kind of thing is prone to doing, and you’re pretty well done by the time they start making up funny names for the characters, like Pita Pocket.
There are, however, some funny, clever bits, like how Lionsgate is redefining what the term “trilogy” means (to be fair, it’s not just them, though they have done this multiple times), and how the bulk of the plot in this half of a movie boils down to the two sides in the conflict making attack adds. If you’re bored and looking for something to fill five minutes, you can do worse than this. Unless you’re like a massive Hunger Games fanatic who doesn’t think Mockingjay—Part 1 has any flaws. Then you might want to sit this one out, though it might be too late for that if you’ve already read this far.
They do touch on what I thought was the biggest issue with the movie, the fact that it is really only half a story. I’m actually pretty stoked to see both parts of Mockingjay together later this year. When you’re able to watch them as a single, unified story, I think it will actually be a pretty good time, but as it is, it’s a gradual build to nothing. I get that it’s supposed to end on a cliffhanger, but after you spend two hours waiting, the way it ends is supremely unsatisfying.
Then again, it made $750 million dollars worldwide, so obviously this isn’t that big an issue for a lot people. And there are many redeeming qualities to Mockingjay—Part 1, and you have to give them credit trying to make a different kind of war film. As usual, this kind of video is nitpicky and dismissive, and doesn’t give the movie credit for what it does well. But I’m probably putting too much thought into this.