The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she ...more
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. less
“Well-paced, gripping and powerful for fans of the franchise or Jennifer Lawrence. It's undoubtedly the best film yet from the series! ”
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As two hours of Mockingjay 1 unspool one cannot but wonder how the fire brand heroine of the last two films could be relegated to being a spectator-backdrop in her own story. Katnis Everdeen returns to continue her rebellion against the Capitol in The Hunger Games- Mockingjay 1, but there is not much that would drive us fans back to this film once the franchise ends.
From being rescued/kidnapped off the games in the last film, we see Katnis reluctantly being turned into the face of a rebellion in District 13. She is torn between her search for Peeta and eventually wanting to free him and the need for her to aid the rise of the revolution as no one else can take her place. As is with the first two films, Lawrence essays the role with elan, bringing in steely resolve and vulnerable conflict at the same time. Yet, somehow, we do not see her leading the story. She is mostly just pushed from one point to another as the plot moves ahead at glacial pace.
The revolution is still a year away, the actual war is not yet begun and all that we get to see in the name of action is a few bombings here and there. There is however a lot of the usual social commenting that The Hunger Games series is known for. We are shown the story through the prism of modern propagandist media and wars-both physical and mental- fought through the omni present TV screens. As both Katnis and Peeta become weapons on either side, we are given a glimpse of our present state of affairs amply well. If only there was more of the story moving ahead as well.
Per se, Mockingjay 1 is not a bad film, there is top notch acting on display from Lawrence, Moore, Hoffman and the stellar supporting cast. There is ample moments of introspection and some decent action here and there. Yet, all that the film ends up doing is leaving you wishing the next part was not that long in coming- the story here is too less, spread too thinly to allow this film to count as a stand alone film in itself. That is sad, for the first two parts int he franchise are seriously brilliant.
There is very little in here to engage those who really do not care for or follow Katnis's dystopian world. For those die hard fans who do, the revolution comes November 2015.