The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (what a catchy title) isn’t aimed at people like me. It’s aimed at teenage girls and masses of them. I’m a man in his thirties, so I can sit this one out. I’ve never caught the other films in the series, so why start now? Mockingjay looks set to bank over $100 million on its first weekend; that’s some serious cash for an action film aimed at teenage girls (and a nice pay day for Jennifer Lawrence). This Hunger Games movies look perfunctory and the ‘Young Adult’ books (when did they start calling them that?) sound fine for what they are. If they get kids reading then I’m happy. Just don’t expect to read too much about The Hunger Games here. I’ll touch on it, but Movies In Focus won’t ever be the first port of call for those seeking knowledge on all things Katniss Everdeen.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens in November.