Jerick gave me the Hunger Games finale I wanted to see in the cinema.
First of all, I never read the books, so I don't compare the movie to them. Second, I am no expert on editing whatsoever. I am just a tremendously huge fan of the fist two Hunger Games movies who was pretty disappointed by the final films.
One of the biggest problems for me back then was that the films dragged on forever because they split the story over two movies. Jerick gave me a movie with just the right pacing and an incredibly strong start with the film beginning with blowing up the dam. Also, I don't remember anything that I missed from the original cut, so again, I'd say damn good job here.
I watched the film together with my girlfriend who has never seen the original two films and she enjoyed it as well. She felt a few points weren't perfectly explained, but to be honest, I felt the same way with the original cut, where I had to read about a few things to full grasp every detail.
There was one weird cut, where all of sudden Katniss is hiding in the pipes or wherever, where we felt like "huh? Why is she hiding there all of a sudden?" But I don't really remember if this was that different in the original cut.
All in all, from a movie watcher perspective, this is the edit that should have made it to the public. Thank you, Jerik, for giving me the movie I wanted to see.
Ever since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it seems like it’s been the trend to break up a trilogies into fours. Jerick has done the service of editing Mockingjay into one film. I’ve read the Hunger Games, but I don’t remember specifics, so I can’t say how this flows with the book. I can say that this film, for me, really strengthens the films. The flow from part 1 to part 2 was unnoticeable to me. Jerick has really done a great job of strengthening the narrative and making this the film that it should be.
With the first two Hunger Games films being as good as they were, Mockingjay was definitely a let down, due in no small part to things being padded out over two films. This is Mockingjay as it should have been in the first place.
A/V quality was excellent, near Blu-ray quality, though I do wish the bitrate was a bit higher. Some of the darker scenes had quite a bit of color banding, but overall it was on point. I'd highly recommend doing a BD25 (or a higher bitrate MP4) for this. I'm sure everyone would be happy to help (I know I would be)!
Visually, no flaws. No jump cuts, no stray frames, perfection. There was a single audio edit that stood out: the fade out between the power outage during the bombing and Katniss and Haymitch in the tunnel afterwards sounded a bit off. But with everything else being so on point, that can be easily overlooked.
As I said before this is how Mockingjay should have been. The new opening sequence with bombing the dam, especially with the quote from the Treaty of the Treason preceding it, was very powerful. Excising the raid on the Capitol to rescue Peeta and company was seamless, though I did miss Finnick talking about what the Capitol put him through after winning the Games and why Snow wears his roses. There were two other sequences I missed: the roses after the bombing and Katniss singing The Hanging Tree outside of 13. After all, if the edit is named for that song, where is it? The only other bit that could have been restored was Gale originally floating the idea of the delayed bombings. The film was fine without it, but once it gets brought up at the end, it seems a little out of left field. But such minor niggles do not detract from the overall impact of the edit. Removing most of Peeta's broadcasts from the Capitol really emphasizes how drastic the changes he's going through are, and besides the aforementioned scenes, I'd be hard pressed to tell you what was cut.
This is a fine fanedit, and I look forward to seeing more of Jerick's work (Matrix Revolutions Decoded is next up)!
Owner's replyApril 24, 2016
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review aztek463. Send me a PM if you don't see the links for the 5GB version of this edit or my Matrix edit. I don't believe there are any quality issues in those copies. If you have a Vimeo downconverted copy you're bound to get some quality problems.
I'm glad you thought the beginning was powerful, that was the most complex editing work I had to do for this project. Removing Katniss singing "The Hanging Tree" and rescoring the track so that I could still use the song in the dam scene was very tricky and that it why I called the edit "The Hanging Tree"
I miss the scene with Finnick detailing his treatment by the Capitol as well, but including it just wasn't necessary and almost forces the edit to include the rescue of the victors which is one of the worst scenes in the films and completely ruins the pacing.
I have to say, pretty good combination of both parts, into an almost 3 hour cut. Very seamless, works like one solid movie. There is a lot of material cut, some is a tad bit important for character development and the narrative, but it's alright in my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this edit, and I would definitely recommend it. The editing is superb and professional.