Stretching the already weak third novel into 2 films drops the ball slightly, and Katniss' arc has plateaued - shouldn't she be reluctantly rousing the rebels to revolt, rather than the pedestrian Pres. Coin? As usual Lawrence acts all the other Oscar-cuddlers off the screen, despite the woefully dull love triangle. But rejoice: a smart examination of war, revolution and propaganda for teenagers has just made $800m.
I loved the books, so this slower film wasn't an issue for me, however I hate that the film industry has made splitting final books into a standard practise. Aside from the whole "you're a money-grabbing asshole who cares more about your new car than a good movie", it also takes a trilogy & no longer lets it be a trilogy. I think this would have been far better left as one film, like the final book is one book.
A Dinky Toys version of internecine strife and various types of atrocity, stripped of any complexity. Given it is a film all about media manipulation, it is fitting that the best scene is Katniss toying with a cat by shining a torch on a wall; however, elsewhere allusions to Plato's cave are sadly lacking.
(spoiler) So far, the best one of the series. Such a shame there was a second film. Without it, the bigger story would not have stalled. In this one, something quite clever happens, worthy of the dystopian genre. Catniss finds herself in a political marketing campaign, once on the rebel side. The way it captures the implications of her being used for symbol of the revolution was well achieved. Hunger Games came back!
Much like "Deathly Hallows: Part I" from the Harry Potter Series, this "Mockingay" proves to be nothing more than a bridge to what one would expect will be something relevant, in the process becoming exactly what "Hallows" was: a mediocre installment in a mediocre series.