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The film series based on the best-selling The Hunger Games book Trilogy by Suzanne Collins hit the box office this weekend with the third film… It’s the third book – Mockingjay – split into two parts. This is the first. Mockingjay-Part 1, is just that… the first part of the end. For watchers of the last film, you’ll remember as Catching Fire ended… Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) had just taken her arrow to the electronic field surrounding the games and been rescued.
Mockingjay-Part 1 picks up with the Katniss waking up to find herself being held underground by the rebellion… her District destroyed and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) nowhere to be found.
As she mourns the loss of Peeta — she listens to the friends she trusts and President Coin (Julianne Moore), she begins to understand that she needs to be the voice of the rebellion — the Mockingjay.
But it’s not until she learns the truth about Peeta, that she knows what she has to do. With Peeta alive and being held by the Capitol, Katniss summons the courage to fight again. To fight the Capitol, to fight to rescue Peeta and the other tributes, and in the process, fight for those that believe in her ability to bring about democracy.
The acting is fine — though it did remind me that Jennifer Lawrence is much better than this role. The set design is dark and bleak as is the tone of the film. None of the ostentatiousness of the previous two here. And there are few of the action scenes that movie-goers have come to love in the film series. No actual Hunger Games in this one.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig. In Mockingjay-Part 1, the plot is truly the set up. … certainly not a stand-alone film.
It had to be a business decision to break this third book into two parts. I crave a beginning, a middle and an end in all films. Otherwise I feel no closure walking out of the film. there is no end.
With 65 million copies of the book series in print in the U.S. alone it has a built in audience that will just love it. I, on the other hand, really didn’t. Love it.
THREE OUT OF FIVE COOKIES
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material.