Sunday, 23 November 2014

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I' Film Review

The two part finale of The Hunger Games saga begins with a tormented Katniss struggling to align herself to the events of 'Catching Fire'.

With Peeta held captive in the Capitol and used as their 'weapon', Katniss is persuaded at all costs to become the 'Mockingjay', the face of the revolution, in order to respond with their own propaganda, spurring on the other districts to take up arms and fight for freedom.

Lacking a true narrative, the whole affair floats around Katniss' unspoken emotions, with just one arrow being shot by her in the entire film, at an enemy jet; this being the peak of the action. 

Those that haven't read the books will be left profoundly bored, or confused, constantly waiting for a that which is never given. What it does seem to make clearer is Katniss' preference of boys after flip flopping between Gale and Peeta.

'Mockingjay' sows the seeds for 2015's finale and I have no doubt that it will be an explosive end to the saga. My only true complaint is that the studio decided to rake in more cash by splitting it into two parts, which left this one more as a filler film. 

Jennifer Lawrence- Katniss Everdeen
Liam Hemsworth- Gale
Josh Hutcherson- Peeta
Julianne Moore- President Alma Coin
Donald Sutherland- President Snow
Woody Harrelson- Haymitch
Elizabeth Banks- Effie

Also stars Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

~~~OVERALL 6/10~~~
On its own, Mockingjay Part I, one of 2014's most highly anticipated sequels and what is undeniably going to dominate box offices until Christmas, is also one highly dramatised though visually stunning piece of mediocrity, the only purpose being to build up to what is hopefully going to be one explosive finale come 2015. 

Cements the fact that any movie with a 'Part I' in it should be abolished.

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