Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 review

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Repetition of Hollywood money making scheme through franchise’s last part’s splitsville.

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Warner bros announced that the final Harry Potter film was going to be divided into two parts for sake of following the plot, it was a necessary step. Harry Potter books have a highly intense plot which cannot be explained in 2 hours. Later on, Summit entertainment announced a similar step with the final twilight film. Now, the twilight saga is very popular among teenagers but at the same time, it is notorious for having a bad script, horrendous plot, and even worse acting. With the division process, the filmmakers were only subjecting the critics to 4 hours long torture, not to mention, the final book, in spite of being as big as the deathly hallows, hardly had the plot elements for the division process. That being said, they did it for the sake of generating revenue and they did. So, this prompted the makers of the hunger games to do the same and the size of the book is only *wee* big. Watching Mockingjay part 1 was more like sitting in the row boat alone in a lake for two hours. Jennifer Lawrence’s popularity was the source of valour and the producers counted on her to generate the revenue

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Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Beetie (Jeffrey Wright), and Finnick (Sam Clafin) are rescued from the arena by Haymitch and team but Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Joanna (Jena Malone) were captured by the capitol. Katniss is taken to district 13 headed by President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). Coin, along with Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymore Hoffman), wants Katniss to be the symbol of the rebellion and take over the revolution part in order to overthrow the draconian Capitol. Katniss denies it accentuating their failure to save Peeta. Katniss agrees later on by giving out a list of demands, including the immediate rescue of Peeta and other captured tributes from the Capitol.

If it wasn’t for director Francis Lawrence, this movie is just another empty reel created with Jennifer’s face plastered on it.  The movie shows how an actor ruins several takes and how method acting helps her deliver a better performance. Katniss’s monolog after a hospital in district 8 was destroyed, clearly shows that aspect. As much as I admired her performance in that scene and Katniss’s anguish is justified, that scenario was a huge plothole. It wasn’t the bombing squad that destroyed the hospital. Katniss and Gale shoots an aircraft and it crashes on the hospital building killing everyone in it. Technically, it was Katniss and Gale who destroyed the hospital. All of that is mentioned in this honest trailer.

This trailer explains my opinion in a nutshell. We witness Katniss walk around, sing, motivate, demote and even have a couple of breakdowns. If only this book was made into an entire film. Jennifer Lawrence stuck to her standard performance, so did Woody Harrelson. Liam Hemsworth had his moments, only moments but then, was subdued by Sam Clafin and Natalie Dormer. Julianne Moore added her cents in the majority of the screentime with her charisma. She is worth the money we spend; her body language and expressions shows off her determination and condescending nature. Life in district 13 is shown well, along with the tension experienced by people while they were hiding from an imminent attack. Josh Hutcherson was just there but then the way he warned Katniss about an attack was very well acted by him.  There wasn’t any memorable moment as far the technical aspect is concerned, except for the montage that shows rebellion sequence with Katniss’s voice singing in the background.

As far as the plot is concerned, the movie watching process was just another “ya-da ya-da” moment. Didn’t expect that from the makers. But watch it for Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, and Francis’s Lawrence’s direction.

2.5/5

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