Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth) Warrior hoping to rescue her love deals with political realities

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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2 responses

  1. In the 3rd book Hutcherson was sidelined as well because the story is presented through Katniss’s eyes and nobody really knew whats going on with Hutcherson during his captivity. i dont know if its Hemsworth’s fault for being boring or the character he presented in the film either way both forgettable.
    Didn’t see the film yet but from what i remember from the book im surprised they split it to 2 movies. it was the weakest book out of all 3 and i don’t really know where did they get the material for 2 movies.

    • I’ve seen Liam Hemsworth in a couple of other things. He isn’t bad, but he’s not talented. His brother got the talent & the looks in that family.
      I’ve not read the books, they’re not my cup of tea. But I enjoy the effort of it all, to bring it to the screen & anything sci-fi with a big budget is usually alright in my book.