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Any who, im here because i will be talking about the latest installment of The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay…part 1. Yes this is only part one of the “Epic Finale”. Like the Harry Potter and Twilight franchise, Lionsgates company decided to do the same with The Hunger Games.
This film begins where Catching Fire left off, as District 12 has been demolished and District 13 somehow exists. Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is in the middle of an civil war between the capitol led by President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) and the rebels led by President Alma Coin (played by Julianne Moore). Katniss now has to show the world of what kind of a symbol she truly represents, and it is hope. She uses that to inspire people from the different districts to stand up and start a revolution.
My overall thoughts on Mockingjay Part 1 is that i think its not the best of the three. Catching Fire by far is the best one, in my opinion because it changed the whole dynamic stratosphere in this world that author Suzanne Collins created . That being said Mockingjay Part 1 is still a good film by increasing more of the political aspects that is hugely influenced in the story, and the performances of mostly the entire cast. This film is more of a drama than an action one ,like Catching Fire, but it really feels like a war film at the same time.
Lets get one thing straight, Jennifer Lawrence is perfect for the role as Katniss. She has learned to embodied the character on so many levels, humor and drama wise. Josh Hutcherson is good as Peeta, though he is not in it that much. But again some of the scenes that i loved were the ones with Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, their chemistry is spot one. Whether one agrees or disagrees with another over the plans on how to deal with the capitol, they still have one goal in mind and that is to make Katniss really show all the Districts that she is the symbol of the Mockingjay and is ready to lead them all. Elizabeth Banks playing Effie Trinket, to me, stole some of the scenes that she was in. She put some of the light humor that was necessary. Lets not forget Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, he is just amazing as this character. He is more of the reasonable one when it comes to making the plans on how to show people that Katniss is truly the one that can lead. Though i wanted to see more scenes with just Katniss and Haymitch, but that’s just me nip picking .
Where there are good things about this film, there are bad things as well. One thing is that i don’t really buy Katniss and Gale’s (played by Liam Hemsworth) chemistry There’s one scene where there in the river and they try to have talks about something that i won’t mention. But that scene to me was when i thought that shouldn’t been in the final cut, because i felt like it was being forced in our faces. The beginning scene, i thought, should’ve been having Katniss adjusting to District 13 and still trying to get through the events of Catching Fire. Some of the supporting characters were not used very much. Like Finnick (played by Sam Claflin) was not in it by much except for the final act. But even then, i felt, he was somewhat ignored. He was one of the best parts of Catching Fire. Speaking of which Johanna (played by Jena Malone) was not in it much as well. She was so awesome in Catching Fire, she really did a great job. There were little times when it was kinda dragging. I can’t say more of the flaws, cause some of them would lead into spoiling the film.
Overall the directing is great, Francis Lawrence really has turned this franchise into something special. by adopting this world into darker matters. The cast is also good, especially with the help of supporting characters. The ending was when i was like ,”dang it, now we gotta wait another year”. The film did its job to make me want more, and for that i give it props. There were more flaws than i anticipated but, it was still good. I would recommend some to watch it, just for the heck of it. Thanksgiving week is here and it is time to stuff all the turkeys and then go see a movie afterwards.
For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 i give is a 7.5/10