ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

Keeping in part with the latest movie tradition of breaking the final film of a series into two parts, we are introduced to the final first half of The Hungry Game series. We pick up almost exactly where "Catching Fire" (2013) left off with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) being introduced to District 13, which everyone was led to believe was completely gone after what appeared to be a nuclear accident. We are introduced to many new characters, but the most prominent is President Coin (Julianne Moore) who seeks the help of Katniss by becoming their symbol of the rebellion against the Capitol; the Mockingjay. During this time, Katniss becomes increasingly worried about Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who is in the custody of the Capitol and is unaware of the destruction of District 12. Katniss also still struggles with her own demons from the first two games, and unsure of how to continue in the rebellion. Like it's predecessor (Catching Fire (2013)) Mockingjay has only gotten better in terms of writing, acting, and special effects. The writing and the storyline are two of the biggest improvements I have seen as the series has progressed. The script writing in correspondence with what happened in the books are very close together, with a few liberties taken, such as Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) having a more prominent role; however, in my opinion only made the story better. The acting among Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), and Josh Hutcherson has made the movie worthy of watching, even if you didn't like the concept of the story because of how well these guys interact with other on screen. What truly amazes me is that this fact has not faltered at all after three films, and appears to only get better. The special effects were truly amazing this time around, especially in a scene where Katniss proves just how good her aim actually is. My biggest complaint that I have is not with the film itself, but the decision to breaking this film up into two parts. I think this is something that has been taken a little far, and the story could have been told with maybe another hour and half added on to this film, which lets face it is about the same length of some other films like say Titanic (1997). Great film, strongly recommend you see regardless if you are a fan of the series of not.


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