Review: Mockingjay Part 1

pic: imdb Official Hunger Games poster

The latest Hunger Games production directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, is a dystopian fantasy. It features 123 minutes of relentless action and powerful moments that will grip the audience.

The story line in the penultimate Hunger Games film evolves around a revolution with the aim to take down the Capitol. Katniss Everdeen becomes a symbol of the revolution which she protests against at first. It is different to the first two films, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, as it does not show the process and completion of Games anymore.

The film includes some authentic elements of a revolution set in modern times. The most popular of those is probably Katniss’ song ‘The Hanging Tree’ which has officially landed at the #12 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Digital Songs chart, selling 200,000 copies.

It also introduces some new characters and develops existing relationships. Although, it never gets boring, it seems as though some of the scenes are a bit unnecessary and repetitive, as they do not add to the development of the plot.

The film however covers all areas from action to love and feeling, as well as some surprising features and twists in the story. It is not entirely straightforward and again like the second Hunger Games film, allows room for interpretation at the end.

It will be difficult to understand the film, if you have not seen the first two parts and it should be noted that this is part one of two films. Part two is due to be released later on next year.

by Lisa Meller

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