Following two exhilarating instalments, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 serves more as a point of reflection for the franchise, allowing its characters to recover both emotionally and physically, before building to what promises to be an enthralling climax. I can’t say I had as much fun with this film as I did with the preceding ones, but in fairness The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 has to be viewed in the context of the entire story. If this were a ten-part television series then this film would be equivalent to episodes 6, 7 and 8, so one must appreciate the role it has to play in setting up the finale.
After all she’s endured, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is suffering from PTSD - understandable given what she’s experienced up to this point. Struggling through nightmares and panic attacks, she is being hoisted up as the symbol for the rebellion against the Capitol, a burden which rest uneasily on her shoulders. The rebellion is being led by District 13 which is governed by the stoic President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and chief advisor Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman). As Katniss is being groomed as a poster girl for the rebels, the ruthless President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is using Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as his pawn in his own game of propaganda. Just as Katniss and her crew had to adapt to the Hunger Games, this new conflict will throw them closer to danger than they’ve ever been, as the Districts of Panem are exposed to the horrors of war.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and don’t miss a beat; it’s a fine ensemble who seem to prosper from the time they’ve obviously spent together creating this world.
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 is open in cinemas everywhere from today. If you see the film and agree or disagree with my thoughts feel free to drop a line below or come over and join in the caged death match which is our Facebook page.