Mockingjay Part One Review

MJ1_300GRADE: B+

RATED: PG-13 ( intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material)




Mockingjay part one is the series’ best film yet in my book. When I went home after The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, I liked them less and less the more that I thought about them, but my opinion on Mockingjay stayed the same. Mockingjay boasts outstanding performances and the best special effects the series has seen (although that isn’t saying much since the first two had awful special effects). The film, while not delivering in the action department, absolutely nailed the political element of the plot. The film was intriguing, and had I not read the book, I’d be dying to know what happens next. The all star cast delivered with all of their performances, some of the cast consisted of Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, and Stanley Tucci. There’s a few more well known actors as well. The film follows Katniss in District 13 and her political war with the Capitol. The only negatives were that the film kind of slowed down towards the middle, but picked itself up again, the cinematography was awful at parts, and Julianne Moore’s Coin is an extremely static character. The issue with the cinematography was at it’s worst in the scene when Katniss visits a makeshift hospital, the camera goes to shakey cam for about three seconds and then stops, it’s as if the director said “Let’s do some shakey cam… wait, no stop, shakey cam is bad.” Coin, along with the rest of District 13 were all very one sided characters that were nearly impossible to sympathise with. Overall, Mockingjay is worth watching for fans of the book (it’s very accurate) and fans of political thrillers.

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