Procratinator Preview: Movies in March

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part One”

March 1 – 6

3/5 Stars

If you are a devout Suzanne Collins fan, or just obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence, then you have already made up your mind about the latest fan-cult film to hit American popular culture.

This is the penultimate entry in the epic dystopian adaptation of the hugely successful book series. Katniss Everdeen finally joins District 13 in an all-out brawl with the capital. You must pick a side between Team Gale and Team Peeta, and also between the establishment and the rebels.

Although the latest addition to the franchise was rather a disappointment, it still has cool special effects. If you aren’t already invested in the trilogy, however, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” isn’t worth the watch.

 

“Into the Woods”

March 16 – 22

5/5 Stars

When Broadway collides with the big screen, there can be shrapnel, and there will be chaos. Into the Woods is a twisted combination of Grimm fairy tales that all converge and interact in ways that will surprise just about any audience. A witch sends a childless baker and his wife on a wild goose chase through a fantasy kingdom full of love, danger and magic. Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella all throw their two cents into this latest Disney musical film adaptation.

With a stellar cast full of talented singers, the film shines by the light of a dazzling score and polished symphony. The music is phenomenal. Meryl Streep is spectacularly evil as the witch, and Johnny Depp even stops by to give a intellectually amusing, yet deeply unsettling performance as the wolf.

While there are many songs and plot lines missing in this adaptation of the original musical, the rigid transitions and dark ambiance still capture attention and spark introspection as well as provide pure entertainment value. Overall it is a refreshing divergence from most other movies.

If you love fairytales and musicals, especially new twists on old classics, Into the Woods is something you should really look into.

 

“Superman”

March 21st 6:30 p.m.

4/5 Stars

Sent from a dying alien civilization, an orphan will grow up to call himself Clark Kent, but the world will know him as Superman. This 1978 classic is a staple among superhero movies and gives great insight at American history and cinema.

Although it doesn’t hold up to modern standards of special effects and score, they were good enough to win the film Academy Awards when it was released, and Superman is just awesome. Be sure to catch it, as it is only playing one night.

 

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

March 23 – 29

3/5 Stars

This movie is, as the title states, a giant battle between five armies. Stepping off where the last hairy-footed Hobbit movie ended, Smaug (the dragon) descends upon Laketown releasing his fiery rage upon the men, women and children that inhabit the city. Heroes will rise and fall, and the fate of Middle-Earth is up for grabs as orcs, humans, elves and dwarves all compete for dominance.

The film does not follow the book, at all. Although the score is great and the acting is without major errors, the plot itself is disjointed and confusing.

If you want to gain an understanding for the Lord of the Rings fan culture, or simply want to watch a two and a half hour battle scene, then this film is a must see. However many fans were disappointed by the lack of intricacy and thought in the final addition to the prequel trilogy, for good reason.

This movie fell short of expectations, even those of a Halfling.