“Mockingjay” Part 1 is breathtaking Reply

"Mockingjay Part One" opened in theaters recently and has impressed audiences and fans of both the "Hunger Games" books and movies. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence (center) as Katniss Everdeen. (Photo courtesy of hdwallpapers.ln)

“Mockingjay Part One” opened in theaters recently and has impressed audiences and fans of both the “Hunger Games” books and movies. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence (center) as Katniss Everdeen. (Photo courtesy of hdwallpapers.ln)

By Tim Kelleher – 1851 Staff

There is a lot you can say about The Hunger Games Trilogy. Exciting, exhilarating, even brilliant. After attending the release, I can say these words accurately describe the third installation of the four part series. Mockingjay can be seen as “just a filler” or a “trailer for part four.” Although there is some sense behind these statements, they are not completely true. As a stand-alone movie, the film did a great job of keeping the attention and same level of the excitement and interest in the movie as in the book.

The film starts with Katniss Everdeen ( Jennifer Lawrence) waking up in District 13 dazed and confused. As expected partly from her and other characters, an uprising has begun with the “rebels” attempting to make Katniss their “center-point” to encourage people to join their rebel group.

Newly introduced to this film, Madame President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) is the leader of the rebellion. As they encourage Katniss to help them, she goes through some emotional problems between Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta ( Josh Hutcherson). Agreeing to be the icon of the rebellion, Katniss negotiates a contract saying the other tributes will be saved at the earliest moment possible and they will be given a “pardon.” The president accepts these terms.

There is a strong balance between the political and action scenes we are used to in the first and second film. Mockingjay includes everything from Katniss doing a propaganda video to doing some major harm to the Capital ships. The way the film ends leaves the viewer on the edge of their seats begging for more, but also a little anxious for what is to come. A fan of The Hunger Games Trilogy knows nothing is certain in the series. The uncertainty is just what fans like and keep them wanting to know what is coming next.

A better cast selection could not be imagined for this film. The physical aspects about this movie are what make it so special. The music, directed by James Newton Howard, blends in about as good as John Williams in Jaws, suspenseful, exhilarating, a little nervous and occasionally inspired.

The costumes of the Capital and rebels were ostentatious, yet perfect. The special effects department had their hands full in this installment with very limited flaws.

A writing crew of Peter Craig, Danny Strong, and the author herself, Suzanne Collins added to the script. Although the overall dialogue was good, it did have eerie parts that were either dry or just seemed unnecessary. At the end of the day, Hunger Game fans are looking forward to Mockingjay Part Two, and if the first part is any indication as to how enjoyable part two will be, expectations are high.

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