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About the Movie
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), girl on fire, is rescued by the rebels and brought to District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Katniss spreads her wings and becomes The Mockingjay, the symbolic leader of the rebellion. But President Snow has his own plans for her - and her loved ones.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 252
- Fresh: 164
- Rotten: 88
- Average Rating: 6.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: If Mockingjay - Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn't make it less satisfying.
Fresh: "Mockingjay - Part 1," however well done, can't compete with the first two films, although it sets up what should be its stunning ending well enough.
Fresh: Once you accept that the splitting of Mockingjay is a business decision, not a dramatic imperative, Part 1 comes off as a curiously satisfying nonaction movie.
Rotten: The effect of so many Oscar-calibre actors speaking the generic dialogue is like watching pro ballplayers play T-ball.
A New Kind of Masterpiece
The ending of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which I watched numerous times since its release, last year, have kept me waiting eagerly for this follow-up and I can tell you that I watched it two times in a row because I was mesmerized by it.
However, If you’re gonna watch this expecting high-tech, crazy fashion, beautiful buildings and breathtaking scenery along the lines of the arenas, the capitol and the general look of of the first two movies, you won’t find this here. Yet if you loved the characters and how their personality is developed and you care about the general story, you’ll feel totally immersed and impressed by it.
The movie unfolds in a different way. You’ll notice that a lot of characters from the main cast have changed in a noticeable way. From arrogant to kind, from superficial to deep and from hero to villain. The visual and the scenery of the movie are all different from the past ones, yet as I said, as long as the story is your main focus, you will enjoy it greatly.
You also need to remember that this movie is the first part and the next one is coming next year, so you will certainly feel that the ending is sort of unsatisfactory or gives you the feeling that you’re watching a T.V. series. Yet if you watch the movie itself with an open heart and the will to watch the story unfold the way it’s meant to be rather than just trying to copy the past movies, you will truly feel the beautiful taste that the writer, the director and the actors intended to deliver to us.
There are so many moments that brought tears to my eyes. Moments of heroism and bravery, moments of sorrow and victory. The acting is nothing short of impressive. The suspense will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout most of the film.
If I’m to give one disadvantage about the movie, it’s the length. The movie is a bit short compared to it’s marvelous predecessors and the length of the past two was one of the main factors of their success and beauty cause they give you enough time to enjoy and be immersed into the world.
However, the experience all in all was extremely satisfactory that I watched it twice in a row and went straight away to iTunes to pre-order and review it, and the moment the movie ended, I thought “Oh my God, 365 days left for the sequel! can someone create a time travel device?”.
Have You Read the Books??
To those who complain that this is a darker, disturbing, horribly long, boring film, I must ask: did you read the books at all? If you had, you would know that that is exactly the feel of the book - including the "boring". This is about a war, people. This isn't the same film where Katniss and Peeta are enveloped by the Capitol and it's influence. It's not glamorous or happy. It's dark and real and raw - just like war. To those complaining about the film being boring or too dark, then you miss what, not just this film, but the entire series is trying to tell you. And if you can't figure that out, then go back with the perspective of being in the districts and then perhaps you can understand why Mockingjay is as dark as it is.
Not the greatest…. at all
This movie was a huge disappointment. The first 2 were really great but I feel this was poorly written and Jennifer Lawrence’s acting was quite bad.
The writers should not have split the last book into 2 movies. It’s obvious it was a move to make extra money and that is sad. Due to that, this movie suffered.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2014
- © 2014 Lions Gate Films Inc. All Rights Reserved.