The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1


The penultimate Hunger Games chapter (with Suzanne Collins' final novel being split into two movies), with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and director Francis Lawrence all returning from Catching Fire. As the cries for rebellion against the autocratic Capitol give rise to action, Katniss reluctantly becomes the people's symbol of change.

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Departing from the battle royale format of the two previous Hunger Games instalments, Mockingjay – Part 1 plunges the franchise into deeper terrain. Figuratively, with the pic continuing Katniss Everdeen’s trauma-fuelled mental disintegration and its subject matter becoming bleaker and more violent, as well as the literally underground setting in which much of Mockingjay’s talk of revolution plays out. Against this deep bunker backdrop the cast spend a lot of time sporting unflattering jumpsuits and talking about what is to come in the next chapter, truncated storytelling that hampers this working as a standalone pic.... More

Yes, there is plenty of narrative to work through, and the performances and events that unfold deserve the breathing space that splitting Mockingjay into two films allows. But that makes for all build-up and little payoff, lacking a blockbuster set piece finale (even as it tries to make the most of a rebellion skirmish and an aerial commando raid). Thankfully there’s an emotional climax, a cliffhanger that’s less deflating than that of Catching Fire and will further enthuse the audience to see Part 2 - not that they really need any assistance at this point.

Director Francis Lawrence continues his knack for avoiding obvious, emotionally overwrought moments, something he’s aided considerably in by Lawrence’s expectedly excellent performance. The whole franchise has benefited immensely from the inner turmoil she brings to life, and no more so than here. For swathes of the film, Katniss has little to do but react to the actions of others, though she does get to blow stuff up with her bow and enjoy a literal save the cat moment. And until Part 2, that’s the most you’re gonna get.Hide

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Movie endings split into two movies. Argh...
The glamour of the previous movies has gone. Bleakness reigns supreme. There were some tense moments but not enough.
I did so want to enjoy this - but it left me empty.

BY beans lister

This was a really slow film and I found myself wondering how much longer until the credits a few times. I wanted to like it, but it just seemed to serve as an intro for the next film. It's put me off watching part 2.

BY thorinoak superstar

A good, solid setup for the final installment and the best of the Hunger Games movies so far but did J Law overact much? Far out...calm down!

Jennifer Lawrence again proved why she is one of the best young actresses of today. Her haunting rendition of The Hanging Tree was amazing - better than I expected. The other actors/actresses also performed outstandingly. Although this film is on the darker side, there are still moments of humour, provided in part by Effie Trinket and Buttercup. There is a lot of content to cover in Suzzane's final book, Mockingjay, so although it seems like a convenient way for the filmakers to gain more... More money, the decision to make two parts is both understandable and reasonable. I have watched this movie twice now in cinemas, and would jump at the chance to watch it a third time.Hide

BY Sulian superstar

what will come next? it seemes like this film was trying to hint at more but there is onkly three books in the tirlogy? I liked to watch it for Jennifer Lawrence because she is amazing but I started to think there was not much to this story line anymore and the makers of the movies just want to make more and more of money.

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  • Unfortunately, Mockingjay — Part 1 has all the personality of an industrial film. Full Review

  • The special effects are limp and the script a little creaky, although somehow it still manages to thrill. Full Review

  • The drama and tone are powerful and effective and Lawrence makes an exceptionally charismatic heroine, but an almost total lack of action means this is less catching fire than treading water. Full Review

  • While it definitely takes its foot off the action, Mockingjay – Part 1 goes deeper and darker. Full Review

  • With measure and muscle, Lawrences Jennifer and Francis nail the job of selling the long, twisting road towards revolution. Full Review

  • For all its obvious smarts and mildly provocative ideas, Mockingjay doesn’t seem to trust its audience quite as much as it clearly trusts its heroine. Full Review

  • I was a bit disappointed with the role assigned to Katniss in this episode, she does a lot of weeping and looking aghast... There was a faint feeling of a lack of exhilaration at the end of this for me. Full Review

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