Movie review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)


After over a month of the film release, finally I get to watch ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’, on the first day of the year 2015. The reduced urge to watch the movie early isn’t a sign of me giving up on this film franchise which is based on ‘The Hunger Games’ books in trilogy by Suzanne Collins. On this third film of the franchise, the one before the finale (Part 2) set to be released end of this year, Katniss went to District 13 after 12 is destroyed and met President Coin whom convinced her to be the mockingjay, the symbol of rebellion to the Capitol, while at the same time, trying to save Peeta.

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When this Part 1 of Mockingjay film commenced, I have actually quite forgotten on what had happened in the last scene of the previous movie ‘Catching Fire’. I couldn’t catch up for a moment but I’ll just let it be. While I agreed that there is way too little action offered in this Part 1, but I do enjoy how the story here strongly builds up to make way for an exciting conclusion in the Part 2. Of course, as similar to the others, I’m hoping for more battles or action scenes even from this Part 1 already, but we were all left slightly disappointed in this category. However, that doesn’t mean the plot is boring. The story development is very good albeit a bit slow and I’m glad that this Part 1 only took less than 2 hours. That’s enough. If it’s over that run time without more things to offer, then we will start check our watch.

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Despite the less actions, the movie still delivered with some impacting moments. It manages to still provide climax and moving scenes. Perhaps it may be due to the exceptional performance by the main lead, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Well , her Oscars win in Best Actress from her other role in the past is already an indication of how good she is in acting despite she is now still very young. Other main casts also did great in their respective roles. Julianne Moore as President Coin here (new character) is pretty outstanding. Looking forward to see more of her in Part 2. Josh’s role as Peeta is very much confined and limited on TV screen here in Part 1, but he is doing great. The main casts brought up the emotions very well.

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Besides that, the visual and sound effects are both doing great to enhance the movie too. On the other hand, I am also particularly impressed by the way the film portrays the act of rebellion; the revolution sparked from Katniss against the Capitol and its system. It sounds political but it is actually reflecting what we in our current situation may be facing. The movie implies a strong and meaningful message in that matter. Overall, the movie is okay. Nothing outstanding but I think they will reserve it all for an epic conclusion in Part 2 coming this November. Wow..that’s a long wait. This Part 1 still does well and keeps the momentum going with everything builds up to make way for expected-to-be-memorable ending. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ a total of 7.3.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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