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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Review (2014)

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I admired The Hunger Games (2012) movie, really surprisingly almost love The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), and I was excited for this movie because it’s directed by the same person. The first movie had a lot of shaky cam which really annoy a lot of viewers but the second film is directed by Francis Lawrence, it was swift, it was fluid and it was really well directed an he is taking over the reign for Mockingjay Part 1 which was really exciting for me.
In this film continues the story of Katniss played by Jennifer Lawrence and a group of rebels who are going up against the evil Capital that’s been reigning over them with death and chaos and evil stuff for a long time. The way Catching Fire ended it’s like, “Yes, lets just see them just go against the Capital. Fuck those guys. They’re suck. They’re shady people, go kill them.
So in mocking jay I was really pumped to see that happen. This movie based off of one book however and it’s being stretched into two movies, which is the trend nowadays. The Twilight films did it, the Harry Potter films did it, and now The Hunger Games movies are doing it, and even The Hobbit movies are doing it. One book for three movies.
So I was really optimistic going into this movie, I wanted to like this movie and unfortunately this movie should have been called The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 (The Extended Trailer for The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2).
I want to make one thing really clear for The Hunger Games fans out there and for the people who really want to like this movie.  This is not a terrible movie, this is not what I would call a bad movie. It is a movie however where nothing really interesting happens until the last 20 minutes or so. Imagine if The Mockingjay Novel was a rubber band and you just took that rubber band and you kept stretching it, eventually it’s going to break.

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They’re trying to stretch the events of that book over two movies and with this film when it comes off as grasping for the tiniest little bit of details, they don’t really add anything to the movie going experience that really actually take away from it and make it kind of tough to get through because there really isn't much of any action in this movie at all.
And when I say there isn't any action in this movie I’m talking they were really isn't much action in the movie at all. The shot they promoted so often, the trailers of Katniss shooting an explosive arrow, that’s really the only thing she does in the movie. The majority of the movie is actually a camera crew filming commercials with her propaganda pieces to encourage the soldiers in their revolt against the Capital and that really is most of what she does in this movie.
Jennifer Lawrence is a fantastic actor and her character is very interesting and she gives a great performance once again in this movie. In fact all of the acting in this movie is very good. A lot of drama is really well done. There isn't one thing in the movie that you would pinpoint and go, “That is really bad”. But one of my main issue with this movie is actually the character of Katniss, I feel that she does not grow in this movie at all. I feel like she’s the exact same character she was in the last one. There’s no growth in her as a character in this movie. I don’t know that she’s matured or really learned much of anything in this film and for that reason she became less interesting around a story that was even less interesting, that is filled with endless political motivational speeches.
Katniss as a character does not grow at all. She’s the same as she was at the end of Catching Fire but she doesn't use any of that thrill that you got of her rebelling in this movie. Nothing really happened, she gives motivational speeches for commercials that are filmed for propaganda purposes. She sees a lot of dead bodies and cries a lot and stays underground for the entire movie.
Nothing happens in Mockingjay Part 1. The characters that are interesting don’t get to do anything interesting, they just sit around and talk and gives speeches and it’s not until the last 20 minutes of the movie that you feel anything of merit is actually happening and you feel like okay, I’m about to watch the actual movie and then it ends.
In the first film a shaky cam was so awful I couldn't stand it. So it’s great to see Francis Lawrence take the reign in the second one and make a much more smooth film. Unfortunately in this one, some of the shaky cam is back. I don’t know what the hell he was thinking when he decided he wanted to follow people running with a shaky handheld cam. Hasn't this series got enough flag for that? And didn't he fix that with Catching Fire? I’m really confused.
It is a well acted movie, it does have potentials but it’s filled with potentially awesome things that never reach their ark. This is a really easy way to describe a not so great movie but it’s true. This movie was boring.

Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Peter Craig (screenplay), Danny Strong (screenplay)
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore
Duration: 123 min
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