The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman (the late) & Julianne Moore. Director, Francis Lawrence. I’m not a big fan of this series, so one can consider my opinion on the matter to be fairly objective. I did enjoy it, for the most part; though it became a little bit of a bore in the segments before the climactic, ending cliff hanger.
I am indeed an admirer of Lawrence, as she personifies an attitude of devil may care & comports herself well with talent & a fair amount of humility befitting of star. Anyone that can carry off a film, though a script may be lacking in substance, is someone that is worth her contract. Her performance was first-class & her beauty absolutely radiated throughout.
Unfortunately, the writers decided to sideline the equally talented Hutcherson as a remote story destination, instead of an interacting & present character. Leaving Lawrence to fend for herself with a lackluster Hemsworth at her side. This all might be fine & dandy for a book, but as a screenplay – not entertaining. A professional, but flawed script, obviously.
Even though the thing moved along nicely, for the most part, it did get a bit bogged down towards the end with a bit of navel gazing. Even the presence of Moore & Sutherland wasn’t enough to keep up the momentum. It’s a mistake to slow down before the end of the race & I question the pacing of the script, instead of the performance of the actors & the actual story as a whole.
I recommend the film for viewing, though there were a few re-visitations of a couple of settings, instead of keeping consistent visual diversity.
Moore & Sutherland are icons & Lawrence is fabulous. Taken as a complete calculation, it’s a great movie. Emotionally moving in many parts & gorgeous, cinematic slickness.
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