“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” – Review by Darcy Oliver

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Review by Darcy Oliver

Hello We Live Film-sters, it has come to that time of year again when we get to sit down and watch one of the biggest films of the year: The Hunger Games. This year it’s Mockigjay –  Part 1, and its something different.

For fans of this series who love watching Katniss compete in the games, there is no games this time around. The film instead focuses on a grand rebellion to throw off the capital.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth all return with the roles that are making them superstars, and each performance we see from these very promising young actors show that they are able to improve their craft and get better and better.

Credit has to be given to Lawrence, who plays out some really emotional scenes in this film. With District 12 having been destroyed, you can really feel the emotional struggle going through Katniss, and it is directed very nicely by Francis Lawrence — who gets across a great emotional tone.

One thing I have to say about this film is that it is different than the previous films mainly because of its emotional tone and the lack of the Hunger Games this time around. It is something new and, quite frankly, a great addition to what will be an amazing finale next year.

I had very little problems with this film but it does at times suffer from the lack of the games, hence taking out most of the action of the previous films.

You have to keep in mind that this is a very different film and is more focused on the struggle of Katniss and also District 12, so my advice is to go in not expecting a lot of action this time around and to get caught up in the emotional struggle that Francis Lawrence has set up very well.  I was along for the ride and was deeply involved in the film and the aftermath of District 12 — and that is where this movie really shines.

Overall I loved this new addition to the Hunger Games franchise and cant wait for Mockingjay – Part 2 in 2015. And if you go into this film with the right expectations it is something you can really enjoy.

Score: 4/5

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