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November 26 2014 @ 12:10 pm
Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1  

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Description: When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

Review:
I'm a Jennifer Lawrence fan and I really wanted to say this movie was over the top fantastic but for me it was just good. I enjoyed it and was happy I saw it but it wasn't this spectacular movie I would say you need to rush out and see.

For me, the first movie The Hunger Games is much the same. Good but not a movie to rush out and see or own. The problem for me lies in the second movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This movie blew my mind and I started thinking not only did I need the first one but I just had to own the second movie too.

However, that feeling didn't extend to Mockingjay Part One. I suspect as only the beginning of the final story it is going to be the part you love the least and Part Two will again bring me to that point of a must have movie.

While I'm not always a fan of distopian stories, The Hunger Games appears to be a well thought out and powerful story (which makes me now want to actually read the books). Jennifer Lawrence was the best choice for Katniss as she brings and wonderful emotional power to the role. The righteousness and honesty of the character really shines through Lawrence.

Josh Hutcherson was amazing in this installment as Peeta who has been captured by the capitol. The CGI used in this film is amazing and extremely realistic.

We finally got to see more of Liam Hemsworth as Gale in this installment which has justified my love of the character and my team choice.

Overall a good movie. If you are a fan, it is worth seeing. If you can wait, just save your movie for the rental.

Disclaimer: This is just my opinion and you may very well love/hate the movie. To each their own.
 
 
 
girlspellgirlspell on November 26th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of this type of genre in novels, so I didn't read it or see the films. But Hunger Games was the first of this type. Very quickly the other followed it. Even if I would like this type of film, I think I would see it only because it was the better of crap being churned out now. And Jennifer is a better then any garden variety actor.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on November 28th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
Jennifer is better. I like the concept. I don't mind these distopian ideas because more often than not there is a grain of truth even it if is tiny.

My issue is too often it is not a good story. The Hunger Games as a good concept and message but sometimes they focus too much on the details or too much on the emotion and don't balance it out enough.
tracyj23: AoS - May colourful backgroundtracyj23 on November 26th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
I have seen both of the first movies and was unimpressed with both. They were okay, but very much old sci-fi stories rehashed. This was already done before and I wasn't excited about anything new they added. The first one wasn't bad, but unlike you, I really didn't enjoy the second at all. It was just like watching the first one again ... and why do that?

I never read the books but Tim did (at the behest of his girl friends back in grade 8), and he said of the books he liked the 3rd one best. He found the other two boring. So maybe the movie(s) of the third book will be the best too. I'll probably watch it once it comes to Netflix (as I did the others) 'cause it's free then and I won't feel like I wasted money seeing it if I don't like it.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on November 28th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
The senario in the second book is similar it is just the story that is changing slightly. I like this because from Katniss's perspective it is just hell all over again but then there is clearly some plan going on around her. The third story appears to be very different.

I enjoy the story but for some reason the first and third movie just don't really excite me.