Regardless of the questions of individual or overall quality, The Hunger Games is an important series. Written in the shadow of Twilight‘s monster success, and it’s subsequent impact on the Young Adult genre, it was the first major YA property, post-Twilight, to get its ducks in a row for a film franchise. First to the starting line often means first to the finish line, so now it’s the first one we can look back on and assess how the whole thing went.
Which makes reviewing the actual movie, in isolation, really freaking hard. Not only am I being forced to review a pop culture phenomena with impact on everything from other YA books to the superhero genre (do you think it’s a coincidence that WB announced Wonder Woman was going to be in Batman v. Superman right after Mockingjay and Frozen took the box office by storm) but also the final movie in a 4 movie series. That’s a lot of baggage for a single movie to carry.