The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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Rated: M

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Philip Seymour Hoffman are back for the third instalment of The Hunger Games with Julianne Moore as President Coin of District 13.

Katniss Everdeen is in District 13, after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.

After being removed from the games by anti-government forces at the end of Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen finds herself reluctantly agreeing to be the poster girl for the rebellion – styled and manipulated by the underground in the same way that the Capitol once dolled her up for TV dismemberment. Dressed in all black and ready for combat with some pretty awesome arrows or as Effie puts it, “the best dressed rebel in history,” Katniss is directed to do sets of propaganda videos – or “propos” – to inspire the people of Panem to join the fight against the Capitol.

Katniss has to witness Peeta supposedly on President Snow’s side, (Donald Sutherland) as he begs for the districts to quit fighting. Through this, she’s endlessly supported by Gale, who even through all the heartache and pain still wants to be more than friends.

“If we burn, you burn with us.”

I liked this one, not as much as Catching Fire but it was still really good and I enjoyed it. I do understand how some people found Mockingjay: Part 1 sort of a drab – the lack of extravagant and colourful costumes and settings like at the Capitol and just an absence of visual variety compared to what we’ve seen in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire like during the actual games. In most of this movie, Katniss kind of just mopes around and looks aghast, she is still recovering from PTSD, so she’s forgiven. Don’t get me wrong, Jennifer Lawrence’s acting is superb and her emotions pour out so we feel what Katniss feels, she gave me chills during a visit in District 8! Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays Plutarch Heavensbee was fantastic, still a perfect fit for his character! Although the cast playing the lead roles are practically perfect, I’m also a big fan of the supporting characters, in particular Cressida (Natalie Dormer).

On a side note – Katniss as a character is very important and I think the media misunderstands that we aren’t in it for the boys, we’re in it for Katniss. Thousands of young girls and boys were introduced to a protagonist who’s an introverted, angry girl born into poverty and watched her become the saviour of the world and the media doesn’t seem to understand that she as a character, is important to us, especially us females. Not who she dates, but her and her values.

Rating:

***

What did you think of the latest Hunger Games franchise? Love it or loathe it?

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