The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

Directed By – Francis Lawrence

Screenplay By – Peter Craig & Danny Strong

Cinematography By – Jo Willems

Starring Jennifer Lawrence

123 min.

Mockingjay Part 1 is a great set-up movie for Part 2. It might not have the action we’ve become accustomed to with The Hunger Games first two installments and some of us might find all of these Part 1 and Part 2 trilogy movies ridiculous, but Mockingjay Part 1 is an entertaining movie with great acting and sincere moments.

Jennifer Lawrence is back in full effect as Katniss Everdeen and comes with passionate fury to make this Part 1 work. If Lawrence wasn’t so convincing with her yelling and tears and heartfelt singing then the story of the girl on fire could have sizzled out. Lawrence wasn’t going to let that happen.

Josh Hutcherson also comes in the clutch-erson in this Part 1. Hutcherson finally gives us the Peeta we deserve, showing both fear and bravery in the face of The Capital. Whether Hutcherson lost weight for this movie or the make-up artist is a genius or Part 1 just used a lot of CGI, Hutcherson adds much needed depth to the gaunt face of The Capital’s symbolic prisoner.

Mockingjay Part 1 is a big set-up for the next movie but it doesn’t let itself get lost being the overshadowed sibling. It gives its necessary exposition the heart it needs to make us all look forward to the craziness that will be Part 2.

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