Moving away from the formula that made the first two films a success, the third part of the Hunger Games saga, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, has been given a unique twist most fans won’t have thought of possible. This makes this movie even more interesting and worth watching. The latest movie took the character to war which is completely different approach of resistance that it followed with the previous films.
Picking up from where the previous movie left off, Katniss finds herself in the underground military compound. She was wanted in a rebellion but she has done her job by rekindling the flame of revolution in the hearts of the people of Panem. She needs to make a decision to take on leadership to bring positive changes and rescue Peeta. The dark cloud of war was looming over her country. A regular follower of the series would feel issues in connecting the dots until this point but things take a twist after that.
The film is no doubt a war film but not like other war films that are loaded with explosions and violence. It adds personal and political touches to depict war. Katniss shows bravery and becomes an icon for her people. Propaganda videos are floated and the drama is quite interesting for viewers. A brilliant storyline and well-etched characters add value to this film. Every character gets an opportunity to show their acting skills and they don’t disappoint.
One single aspect where this movie lacks is a proper conclusion but that was understood because it is Part 1 and the finale, the last part of the series, will take care of that. There is a lot of smart character work and themes going into the film which has made it an exciting movie. If you are fan of the series don’t miss this one.
Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth bring their A-game to the table. Fans of Philip Seymour Hoffman should also not miss this as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is one of his last screen appearances.
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