The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Critic Consensus: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 sets up the franchise finale with a penultimate chapter loaded with solid performances and smart political subtext, though it comes up short on the action front.
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
It's an elaborate game of hurry-up-and-wait. And it's the most shameless example yet of splitting the final book in a hugely popular series into two film adaptations.
Might it have been better if they'd squeezed the whole book into one movie? Probably. Nonetheless, Mockingjay Part 1 is a fine entertainment, shot through with moments of surprising emotional impact.
Jennifer Lawrence's charisma and the the sly excellence of her supporting cast keep "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" aloft.
Mockingjay has more exposition than a TED Talk, more rubble than a decade of The Flintstones, and absolutely no nonmonetary reason to be Part 1 of anything. It isn't storytelling. It's a filibuster.
Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
First and foremost I'm disagreeing with about a quarter of critics who said this movie lacks action etc. This movie was never about action sequences in fact its a movie about propaganda and the manipulation of the media. In fact this serves as a social commentary on our own society and how mass media influences our chain of thought and decision making. The second issue that critics are having is that once again this last book has been split into two movies. While yes it may be for an extra money grab, at the same time this movie in my opinion works more effectively than that of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Breaking Dawn Part 1, in the fact that the events in this movie will lead to the revolution and war in Part 2. Moving on for those that think Jennifer Lawrence might be overrated as an actress I one suggest watching Winter's Bone and two she proves she is not overrated in this movie delivering a knockout performance as Katniss Everdeen and her PTSD scenes handled with amazing strength. The rest of the cast is also stellar with new additions such as Natalie Dormer as Cressida and Julianne Moore as President Coin proving capable in their roles. The revolution has begun and is televised.
Monkingjay Part 1 seems to be a placeholder for the final movie. It is OK; Katniss is still saving the day, and President Snow is still that bad guy, but this movie seems to fall short on content.
Leaving aside the action that was so present in the previous films to invest more in the characters, this third chapter is a grim, intelligent and riveting character study that finds space to discuss relevant matters like media manipulation and proves to be the strongest installment of the series so far.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Quotes
|President Snow:||It's the things we love the most that destroy us|
|President Snow:||It's the things we love the most that destroy us.|
|Gale Hawthorne:||I'm in pain. That's the only way I get your attention.|
|President Alma Coin:||Any other demands?|
|Katniss Everdeen:||My sister gets to keep her cat.|
|Katniss Everdeen:||Are you, are you coming to the tree? Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me. Strange things did happen here, no stranger would it be, if we met at night, in a hanging tree|