The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence, Sam Claflin, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and action adventure movie fans

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Synopsis

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. MockingjayWUnder the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Viewer Rating: 4/5 ****

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Review:

To all non-readers of the Hunger Games trilogy, warning, there’s no Hunger Games in this Hunger Games movie (neither will there be any in Part 2)
mockingjay part 1You know how movies rarely supersede the original books? The Hunger Games trilogy was one of the few which managed to do so. I caught the first Hunger Games movie without reading the book and after watching, I read all the 3 books within the next 5 days. I was surprised (or should I say disappointed) that the movie was way better than the book. I disliked the Katniss in the novel, she’s weak, indecisive and cold and I was dreading to watch the next 2 (now 3 films). But Jennifer Lawrence had given the Katniss a better character and in this movie, a bit more emotional depth, albeit a little less action.

The-Hunger-Games-Mockingjay-Part-1-Josh-Hutcherson-as-PeetaWhilst I dislike the third book, because my favourite Peeta went bonkers (due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), I loved Josh Hutcherson’s role in the movie. He did not have much screen time as compared to the string of District 13 characters, it made his every single appearance more precious, just like how Katniss treasured that one-way connection every single time, noticing the changes in his appearances. I’m so glad the directors made the characters more likeable.

mockingjay-still-peacekeepersSome might dislike this film for the lack of action, but I love it for the more in-depth emotional development. This is how it’s like when preparing for rebellion, preparation is always drier than the flesh-against-flesh punches. That’s why when tiny mutinies start in every district, the civilians copying whatever Katniss say, do or sing, and taking down the “peace-keepers”, you can’t help but want to punch in the air and hiss a silent yes!

humger games mockingjay part1It is amazing how Jennifer Lawrence can act as if she’s acting (confused much?), when she try to be the Mockingjay icon of District 13. Her satire of a commercialised heroine (Think Captain America before he got to do some kick-ass action) was hilarious, yet she could make the audience feel the jabs of anger and pain when she flared up at the Capitol’s bombing of the hospital, and when she saw what Peeta had went through despite everyone else’s anger at Peeta’s betrayal. You will be drawn in by Katniss’s personality.
mockingjay-part-1-peetaBut know what? The Hunger Games fans will definitely catch this movie no matter what review I give, as for those who have never watched the first two films, please watch them before even attempting to watch this or you will be as lost as Katniss Everdeen in District 13.

Do You Know?

hunger-games-mockingjay-philip-seymour-hoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Plutarch Heavensbee in the film, died on February 2, 2014 in New York, with one week of filming left. Due to the fact that the majority of his scenes for the final two movies were already filmed, the role was not re-cast, but finished with a combination of re-writes.

mockingjay-part-1-julianne-mooreJulianne Moore stated that her two children, both fans of the novels, convinced her to sign on for the role of Alma Coin. Jodie Foster was considered for the role of Alma Coin.

TheHangingTreeDirector Francis Lawrence made Jennifer Lawrence sing the lullaby “the hanging tree” that was also in the book, she stated that it was an awful experience.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE KatnissDue to Jennifer Lawrence having shorter hair she had to wear a wig for her role of Katniss. She chopped off her hair because her long locks had been “fried from being dyed too much.”

Screen-Shot-2014-09-28-at-4.52.52-PMEffie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) replaced Fulvia (in the book) in this movie, (the character does not make an appearance in the novel until the end), director Lawrence reveals that he has expanded her role in the films. When Suzanne Collins saw Catching Fire, she called and one of the first things she said was, ‘There’s no way Effie Trinket cannot be in the Mockingjay films.’ Effie brings such warmth and fun and levity to these dark stories. She’s the fish out of water in this one and fans will love how she has adapted to the world of District 13.” Producer Nina Jacobson adds that Effie’s reasoning for helping the rebellion is “for personal reasons, not political reasons” and that “unlike Plutarch, she has to be convinced to help. She does not want to be part of the revolution.

mockingjay-still-castor-cressidaNatalie Dormer as Cressida shaved half her head for the role, but originally intended to shave her entire head. She took the job on the premise that she would possibly shave her whole head. “I’m actually really pleased that we went halfway because I think it’s more the Capitol… and that’s where Cressida comes from. She comes from the Capitol, so she’s got a stylized thing going on and now she’s turned rebel. I think it’s right for the character.”

The-Hunger-Games-Mockingjay Part-1-Liam-Hemsworth-2Liam Hemsworth had a hairline fracture between his ankle joints during filming. “I heard a big crack and just went down.”

On November 20, 2014, some showings were reportedly canceled in Thailand because protestors were using the three-finger salute at demonstrations against the country’s military government

In an attempt to prevent spoilers and keep secrecy, the working title of the project while filming was “Seashore”.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Official Website and Facebook Page!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is out in cinemas on 20 November 2014.


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21 thoughts on “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Review”

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  2. The Hunger games is my favorite modern movie, I love the sequence but I do agree that the movies are more spectacular than the books. Katniss is my favorite character because she is a strong warrior and a fighter, she is a survivor and I wanna be like her.

  3. I’m such a huge fan of this franchise! I went to see the movie right away. I’m so excited for Part 2! Jennifer Lawrence is my fave actress!

  4. Interesting facts about the movie. I like the hunger game series , though I have only seen the movies and I haven’t read the book.

  5. This movie was the rage when it came out in the US and there was a ton of buzz around it. I must be one of three people who haven’t seen it. My kids saw it and thought it was an interesting and daring storyline. Your reviews are always thorough, so I’m confident you did an awesome job of it.

  6. I have to watch this soon. I haven’t read the books but I’ve watched the past movies. I seriously believe that there are no other celebrity who can do Kathniss. Jennifer Lawrence is the best one to have. Great character!

    Love your DYK facts. I never knew Mr. Hoffman died early this year! That’s sad. 🙁

  7. I love this movie so badly, I cant wait for the part 2. I love the part when the rebellions climbed up the tree! 😀

  8. Looks like an interesting movie & some of my favourite actors. Think I must be one of the few people not to have seen these films yet!

  9. A full and great movie review, somemore you included in the interview.. Thinking of want to watch this show after reading your review.. Looks nice to watch!

  10. The movie was really interesting and we really enjoyed watching it.. We even asked ourselves when next movie be as we can’t wait for the next one. Glad you made a review! I agree with 4 stars!

  11. Hi Tiffany. I actually posted my review of this film as you requested in the other thread. I see we do not see this film the same way even if we both read the books. Well, however we think about this installment, we will ALL watch the grand finale next year! – Fred

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