Flash Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

How the heart swells at an act of kindness generated by love. Simple acts such as a small gift on a random day or a surprise visit to share lunch together expand the love that is shared by two. There are multiply levels for acts of love.  Each on is as valid as one from another level; the only difference is the degree of difficulty. I believe a true love is one where the two individuals still maintain their love during life’s challenges. In my opinion, those people who leave a relationship when something hard comes up were never truly in love. For love is unconditional; it will not deflate when a person has a health challenge or disappear when one must travel for work and is gone for weeks at a time. There is the saying love makes the heart grow fonder and I believe it to be true. If love makes up the muscles of the heart then communication is the blood that nourishes it.    LOVE was the underlying motivation to the events in this science fiction adventure film. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, Winter’s Bone) reprised her role as Katniss Everdeen for this first of a 2 part ending to the series. Having taken refuge in District 13 headed by President Alma Coin, played by Julianne Moore (Non-Stop, What Maisie Knew); Katniss had to be convinced in lending her voice towards the campaign to keep the revolution alive. When it was discovered Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson (Red Dawn, The Kids are all Right), was alive and living in the capitol, Katniss agreed to be the spokesperson of the cause. However, there were a couple of conditions that had to be met. If you have not seen the previous films to this franchise you may feel a bit lost with this one. Things moved slowly at first which I attributed to the writers laying down the groundwork for the huge finale with the 2nd half of this story. Jennifer was her usual amazing self with this character; her acting was especially notable due to her having to pretend to act badly in a couple of the scenes. Compared to the previous installments there was not much action in this picture. There was more of a cat and mouse nature to the story. I did find it sad to see the deceased Philip Seymour Hoffman (A Most Wanted Man, Doubt) on screen playing his character Plutarch Heavensbee. A question came up for me during the latter part of the film. Since I had not read the books, I was wondering if it was really necessary to split the final book into two films. My guess was probably not but I understand how studios want to get the most bang for their buck. Though I enjoyed the previous film more, this one did not give me a reason to leave the series now.

 

3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 24, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Great review! Looking forward to getting to this over the weekend. They didn’t have to split the book into two films, you are right 🙂

  2. I just finished reading the third book and an afraid to see any of the movies….the books are great.

  3. I took my three oldest kids to see this movie at the weekend (they’ve read the books and loved them – that’s my justification). We all loved the movie. I went in with low expectations as this was my least favourite book in the trilogy and perhaps those lower expectations worked in my favour as I was gripped. The early scenes are lacking in action but Jennifer Lawrence’s acting makes them dramatic nevertheless. It helps that the other actors in those early scenes (Moore and Hoffman in particular) are so strong. The action scenes were well shot and did not ignore the emotions of the characters as some action scenes do. I disagree with where the film ended – I would have ended it a few minutes earlier to create more of a cliffhanger for viewers who have not read the books – but that was my only real quibble. It was even a genius stroke to integrate Effie into the story for thematic reasons and also to give her some of the dialogue that sadly PFH was not around to deliver. The thing that annoys me most about this movie being split into two parts is that we have to wait so long to see the series closer.

    • Effie was not in this book? Wow, it really was a stroke of genius. Thank you so much for revealing that tidbit; I love it. And I agree I am not one for waiting so long to conclude this franchise.

  4. 🙂 Love is always the answer!

  5. I think they could have done it without splitting. But that said, I enjoyed the movie. I think it has an underlying message about the corruption of governments that appeals to me.

  6. Great review! I completely agree with you regarding the spitting up of Mockingjay into two parts. It seems like this is becoming par for the course ever since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was split. With that it made sense because the book was so long. This just seems to me to be greedy and manipulative. That said, of course as soon as it comes out on DVD I’ll be adding it to my collection!

    • I agree, the splitting of stories comes from a marketing and finance stance in my opinion. Seriously if the studio is willing to do it, the least they can do is make a fantastic film. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments and kind words.

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