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Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

J-Law returns as Katniss Everdeen in the latest entry in "The Hunger Games" franchise.

J-Law returns as Katniss Everdeen in the latest entry in “The Hunger Games” franchise.

The moment we’ve all been waiting for…will be coming out next year.

Everyone left the theater speechless after the cliffhanger ending of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. They couldn’t wait to see the franchise unfold with Mockingjay, which is separated into two films. The first part opens with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) living in the bunkers of District 13 after destroying the force field in the Quarter Quell. She is reunited with her mother (Paula Malcomson) and sister Prim (Willow Shields), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch, and Effie (an unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) There, she meets President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), who convinces her to be the mockingjay, symbolizing the rebellion. She accepts. As President Snow (Donald Sutherland) destroys just about every district of Panem, Katniss must save Peeta Mallark (Josh Hutcherson) from the Capitol.

For someone who has never read the books, I went into the movies with an open mind. I liked the first Hunger Games despite how shaky the camerawork is. Catching Fire was a slight improvement over the first with a lot of clever ideas and confident direction by Francis Lawrence. With Mockingjay: Part 1, I understand a lot of people would be disappointed that there is not a lot of action in the movie. Yes, it drags at times. However, I appreciated how Lawrence focuses more on the political side of Panem rather than the action around it. That way we would be pumped – albeit impatient – for the grand finale. Leading an all-star cast, Jennifer Lawrence has embraced her role as Katniss Everdeen in an emotional and astute political thriller. Bring on Part 2!

3/4

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