The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

Jays Rating:

Jennifer Lawrence shines again in one of the finest series of all time in the adventure film, The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 1. In the last film, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) was left behind in the Capital District and now he is being brainwashed by the leaders. Meanwhile, President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) of District 13 tells the winner of the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) if she becomes the symbol of rebellion – or the Mockingjay – she will rescue Peeta. President Coin receives help from Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who defected, while Katniss goes around the district shooting down Capital jets with her enhanced bow. (Okay, maybe this is a little farfetched.) Katniss receives moral support from her mentor Haymite Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), her friends Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), along with other friends and family. Capital leaders like President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and game show host Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) use manipulation and propaganda to exploit the people of Panam but Katniss’s strength and courage begin to motivate the people from the districts to revolt. The Hunger Games series was originally geared toward the young adult audience but has become so much more. The excellence starts with an outstanding cast beginning with Jennifer Lawrence. It may seem like she couldn’t improve on her performance from the first two outings but she is fantastic. The rest of the cast is excellent and the scenes with Philip Seymour Hoffman remind us of what a great actor he was. Director Francis Lawrence deserves most of the credit for this work of art. The running time is kept to 2 hours making this the shortest Hunger Games film, so far. The pacing is perfect and it has a sound track that increases the tension and emotion without overpowering the movie. For some reason the rule of thought seems to be that if a film is not an art house movie it can’t be an award winner, but this film is fantastic. I’m giving this third movie in the Hunger Games series an A rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA