The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 1

November 21, 2014

Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1.

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Written by: Peter Craig (Screenplay), Danny Strong (Screenplay), Suzanne Collins (Adaptation) (Novel "Mockingjay")

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Lily Rabe, Robert Knepper, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material)

Running Time: 123 minutes

The first half of MOCKINGJAY isn’t your typical third installment of a “chosen one” story. Why? Because Katniss Everdeen, the film’s chosen one, is still a reluctant hero. This usually pertains to the first installment of a hero’s journey only. Even worse is the rebel resistance spends the first hour building a marketing campaign around the reluctant Katniss as the symbol of a revolution. If that seems a bit nondramatic, it is—we get more tone and mood in the first hour than drama. It doesn’t help that Jennifer Lawrence is moping throughout the entire film—by now Katniss should be kicking ass and taking names, not being confused on her role in the story.

Grade: B-

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