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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part One

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. (IMDb)

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of the Hunger Games franchise, and one of the main reasons is that it keeps improving. This was the smartest written Hunger Games movie yet. It casts a wider scope than just what’s happening to Katniss with showing the mini acts of rebellion in the districts, and the political subtext is on it. I’ve read other reviews claiming about the lack of action, and I wholeheartedly disagree. Rebellions aren’t all about wars and rioting, it’s about the forces behind it as well, which this movie shows wonderfully. It’s a constant battle of Katniss basically selling herself out to be the Mockingjay, but it’s for the greater good. This is especially jarring when she has the pain and anger filmed moment in District 8, which is then turned into a propaganda commercial. (Awesome scene transition there too). Yeah, it’s basically using her, but it’s what gets the other Districts to do something. Let’s not even begin to compare this to the current political climate, which is a whole other conversation entirely-and also puts this movie in a whole different mindset. The acting is awesome, as always. Jennifer Lawrence continues to make Katniss a complex character who is also based in something very real. Josh Hutcherson is borderline heart breaking as Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth’s transition to a soldier is really well done. Elizabeth Banks was back as Effie (she was added into more scenes in the movies) and it was wonderful. And also, Effie’s character development over the past couple of movies has been so well executed. There were also a ton of new, very important characters that were introduced. Julianne Moore as Coin, who I liked but I was also waiting for a little bit more ruthlessness. I really liked Natalie Dormer as Cressida. The book gave me this impression of someone more on the using side of Katniss as the Mockingjay, but Dormer brought to it a sense of truly wanting to help the rebellion. It was visually beautiful, as always, overall, I was not disappointed and anxiously await the final movie.

9/10

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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

the hunger games catching fireKatniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (IMDb)

I am a big fan of the series, as well as the first movie. And to put this in two words, this movie is on. point. I actually think it was better than the first. The switching of directors was actually a blessing in disguise. There was no shaky cam! The cinematography is beautiful. I can’t get over it. But for me, the cast really elevates it. Jennifer Lawrence proves once again why she is an Academy Award winning actress. She was brilliant. The returning cast is also on it. Especially Elizabeth Banks. She shows a complete transformation from the last movie. The addition of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin is perfect. I’m in love. Something I also enjoyed was the switch of focus to a more politically fueled Games. They could have fallen into the trap of doing the Games back to back and them being the same. But this succeeded, as the book did, in making the Games just as interesting. Yes, it’s long, but honestly, I barely noticed. This is a brilliant sequel and it makes me super excited for Mockingjay.

9.5/10

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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