Allegiant (2016) – Review

Review: Allegiant is basically a letdown to Divergent franchise, even generally to young adult dystopian adaptations. It fails shortly to prove that a 2-part finale is worth to every series; instead, it proves that it’s a worn-off one. Had Allegiant taken liberty to explore more plot possibilities, the series might still have a decent penultimate.

Taking off sharp from the event on Insurgent, Allegiant follows series’ protagonist, Tris (Shaylene Woodley), with her fellow insurgents as they attempt to escape from wall-bordered Chicago into the outside world. As it turns out, the world on the other side of the wall is a Mad Max-esque wasteland—sorta biochemical-laden desert, in which they’re found by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare led by David (Jeff Daniels), who has an agenda about humanity.  Continue reading “Allegiant (2016) – Review”

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The Diary of A Teenage Girl (2015) – Review

Short Review: “I had sex today,” Minnie Goetze opens The Diary of a Teenage Girl in a rollicking, proud gesture. That uncensored, honest confession leads to a quirky coming-of-age humor, this adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s self-inspired graphic novel might be: A very heart-pounding sexual odyssey, which doesn’t judge.

Not necessarily a juvenile version of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac or The Graduate with unapologetic reversion, yet, The Diary of a Teenage Girl revolves around a 15-y.o. precocious Minnie. She is as confused as she’s ever been when she’s willingly losing her virginity to Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård), who happens to be the beloved boyfriend of her mother (Kristen Wiig). Continue reading “The Diary of A Teenage Girl (2015) – Review”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

Review: Following (another) closeup shot cliffhanger, Mockingjay Part 2 immediately gets into the middle of the war ignited in Part 1. The alliance led by President Alma Coin (Julliane Moore) is prepared to start a blitzkrieg to Capitol. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is still the same Mockingjay—alliance’s pseudo-leader and a property of propaganda. Meanwhile, the brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and others has returned to District 13 differently—bring along newly infused tantrum and paranoia. That alone is a solid reason for Katniss to put her rage to President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in a climactic triumph.

For whatever it is, Mockingjay Part 2 still makes a decent conclusion to The Hunger Games series, although it gives a proof that splitting a series finale into two movies isn’t that effective anymore, unless in terms of commercial. After its first part clears the path in an overwhelmed transition, Part 2 shifts the focus to the war to come. With 2 hours duration, though, Part 2 feels constantly flat as its draggy plot lacks of tension.  Continue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 (2014)

Relying too much on the big thrills of its prequel, Mockingjay Pt 1 finds it so hard to make the transition from battle royale genre to political friction smooth. There’s not much things happened ’cause the underwhelming Mockingjay saves too many for its finale.

If we burn, you burn with us!” Katniss threatens The Capitol.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Singkat saja, ketika instalasi pertama The Hunger Games memperoleh kesuksesan komersial yang luar biasa, saya berpikir bahwa kesuksesan itu semata hanya karena kemampuan THG memberikan sesuatu yang tidak bisa Twilight Saga hadirkan, yaitu fokus. Ada perjuangan di sana–dan bukannya romance yang mendominasi plotnya. The 74th Hunger Games (untuk pertama kalinya) menghadirkan dua pemenang dari Distrik 12 dan menyulut api bagi sang presiden tiran, Snow. Kini, setelah pendapatannya yang hampir 9 kali lipat biaya produksinya dan Oscar Jennifer Lawrence, instalasi kedua THG-nya Suzanne Collins kembali ke layar. Well, there’s more. Click here!