Title: The Huger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Running Time: 123 min
Director: Francis Lawrence
Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth
Banks, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Philip Seymour
Hoffman (†), Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Sarita Choudhury, Stanley
Tucci, Willow Shields
Lawrence has made a meteoric rise in just four years. Landing the role
of Mystique in the popular "X-Men" franchise, as well as the lead role
in the film adaptation of the young adult novel "The Hunger Games", she
quickly became one of Hollywood's darlings and, because of her
down-to-earth attitude, managed to get an enourmos fan-base. Critics
seem to like her too, as she has been nominated for an Academy Award
three times since 2010 and even won the Oscar Gold for Best Supporting
Actress in 2013. So, with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"
Lawrence returns to the franchise that made her a worldwide phenomenon once more.
The emphasis in this title is really placed on the term "Part 1". The film builds up a lot of tension, but misses a climax, and thus, feels more like a bridge to "Mockingjay Part 2". Storywise, you get the impression that the "Hunger Games" franchise has matured, as its political themes are increasingly coming to the fore, which is cool to see. Focussing heavily on the way two opposing groups use propaganda in order to get people to join their cause, it is an interesting and relevant piece. As result, however, they cut back on the action, so if you are just in for the people-murdering-each-other aspect, you will be disappointed.
The actors all deliver extremely well. Josh Hutcherson manages to level up his performance, especially in the final act of the film, and the script allows Jennifer Lawrence to show a bit more range the other movies did. Dormer and Moore are great additions, and very fitting for their roles, as well as the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman who gets as close to comic relief as you can in a dystopian story.
Visually, the film's effect have improved as well, while the color palette is much less flashy than in "Catching Fire" to fit the overall tone. In general, the movie looks much smaller than its predecessors, since it has just a few settings and is slower paced. Nonetheless, because the characters (and with them the audience) are looking at the bigger picture, you can't help but feel that you are at the brink of something monumental.
In the end, although it could be argued wether it was good to split the third entry in two movies, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is a worthy entry for the series. If you are a fan of the franchise, and maybe even read the books, it won't let you down. If, on the other hand, you are just a casual viewer, it won't be too bad if you catch it some time next year just before the finale comes out. Having read the books I can say: It is going to be of epic proportion!
For Fans Of:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
The Hunger Games (2012)
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