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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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|Rating:||PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Francis Lawrence (II), Francis Lawrence|
|Written By:||Danny Strong, Peter Craig|
|In Theaters:||Nov 21, 2014 Wide|
|On DVD:||Mar 6, 2015|
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as Katniss Everdeen
as Gale Hawthorne
as Peeta Mellark
as President Alma Coin
as President Snow
as Haymitch Abernathy
as Commander Lyme
as Effie Trinket
as Plutarch Heavensbee
as Caesar Flickerman
as Johanna Mason
as Primrose Everdeen
as Katniss' Mother
as Annie Cresta
as Commander Paylor
as D8 Another Patient
as D8 Female Patient
as D8 Male Patient
as D8 Old Woman
as Snow's Granddaughter
as Rescue Hovercraft Pi...
as D13 Systems Operator...
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as Snow's Stylist #1
as Bunker Door Security
as Pilot #1
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Everyone is already on board with this saga or they're not, and this movie won't change anybody's minds. Since I'm one of the people who's on board, I'll be sticking around to see what the filmmakers do with the series' end.
Mockingjay, Part 1 might be the least of the films so far, but in dissecting the typical blockbuster film, it's staying true to that spirit.
The Hunger Games movies have hit that emotional note, pitting Peeta against Gale, distracting Katniss with young-adultish emotional havoc. Whether it distracts you is the question.
It's Lawrence who drives this thing, and she's riveting. She's the one who carries the pic's emotional weight, expertly conveying Katniss's maturity and growing resolve.
Thank heavens, then, for Lawrence. Even though the storyline lacks conviction, she has the passionate intensity of the kind of leader you might just be willing to follow into one more film.
Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Considering the pace of the first two films, you would like think that this third instalment would at least try to keep up, but it sadly falls short in almost every regard. Jennifer Lawrence plays the character of Katniss perfectly once again, and the entire cast around her do their very best, but splitting this book into two films was a very obvious mistake, seeing as there are no real stakes here, until the very end, but then you have to wait for the resolution. If they wanted to make this film three hours to get the point across, I would be totally okay with that, but there is a bit too much plot for it's own good. More of a political thriller than a hunger games film, "The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1" feels like the epitome of a cash grab. It is not a bad film in any way, it just feels like an unfinished one, and that is what bothers me. It is a very well-written film for what it is, and there are a few very intense and shocking moments, but they do not make up for the padded out story. I am both extremely excited and scared for the finale, because there is a lot set up in this film and I am not quite sure if they can pull off this conclusion in a two hour film. Overall, It is a well-made set-up but nothing more. I wish it had the same level of depth that the first two films had. I would say that this instalment is a disappointment, but I kind of got exactly what I expected. "The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1" did not sit with me the way I wished it had. It is definitely worth a watch to see where the story is headed, but it does not screaming multiple-viewings like the first two. Entertaining, well-made, but ultimately unsatisfying.
An average, slightly disappointing and too grim follow-up to the first two riveting 'Hunger Games' films about the expansion of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) into a public relations figure for the rebels, and how The Capital led by a corrupt rule (Donald Sutherland) looks to squash whatever progress they make. The acting as always is top-notch, but the decision in where this film goes with the plot just is not as interesting as compared to the previous films. We have seen many movies before deal with the subject of public relations before, and in a much more convincing, better way than this movie, including in the first two films. Once the film leaves this part of the plot behind it gets more interesting, but ultimately I can't give this movie a recommendation because of how bogged down it gets because of this direction it takes in its first half of duration.
The film isn't by any means "bad", but there just doesn't feel like there was nearly enough content to really fill a 2 hour film. It's almost like the final 2 parts were shot and they were like "Don't bother editing it, we need all the footage we can get!"
That being said, the film's pacing is always slow. Everything has too much time to breathe and there's a constant atmosphere of heavy drama even through the most basic of scenes.
It works as a 1 hour standalone film, but a 2 hour teaser for the finale? Not so much. I enjoyed the story and her navigation through propaganda/politics but ugh, there's just so much they could've done to keep the viewer from falling asleep. Throw in some scenes with Peeta's POV or elaborate on the scene where she shoots down a bomber with a bow an arrow, just something!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Quotes
|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|
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