Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 More of a Snack Than a Meal

Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Movie Review by Anne Brodie

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Movie Review by Anne Brodie


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1Directed by Francis Lawrence
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne MooreBased on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel trilogy

Rating 3/5

Yes, Miley Cyrus’ ex is back with his beleaguered friends to strike blows for freedom in the third Hunger Games outing. And so is Jennifer Lawrence. It’s interesting that Mockingjay often takes time to clarify what the hell happened in Catching Fire, the second installment. Mockingjay is superior to that one but even so, it’s no gem. It’s thin, repetitive, and hyped out of all sense and it’s on track to be the year’s best opening.
Previously Katniss (Lawrence) destroyed the games and District 12 then managed to escape President Snow’s clutches. But she left her BFF Peeta (Hutcherson) behind. She is in a bleak District 13 now, preparing to battle the Capitol for freedom. District 13 President Coin (Moore) names here the face of the revolution after some prodding by Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). That means recording “propos” or propaganda shorts to fire up the masses for battle vs the Capitol.
Ironically, Peeta now captive in the Capitol is the face of Snow’s tyranny. He records propaganda shorts too, meant to dampen enthusiasm for uprising. Peeta appears just delighted to support Snow and be part of the governing elite. But something’s fishy. It brings to mind the videoed “confessions” of soldiers in Syria. There’s mayhem behind it and furtive expressions to Katniss give him away. Extra impetus to go to war.
Unfortunately, District 13 is woefully...

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