By Danielle Driessen (The Netherlands)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is without a doubt one of the most anticipated movies of 2014. The previous installments of the highly popular The Hunger Games franchise grossed over 1 billion dollars worldwide. The stakes for the third installment were thus high. As I read the books I knew what was going to happen in this movie, but I had no idea where director Francis Lawrence would split the movie.
In Mockingjay Part 1 reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen faces District 13, a District in the world of Panem of which the audience never knew it existed. President Coin (played by a once again magnificent and new to the franchise Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who sadly passed away half through the process of filming the last two The Hunger Games movies) need Katniss to become the hope of the rebellion that is starting to spread in the Districts. Katniss has a hard time doing this while Peeta Mellark is held hostage by the Capitol and used against her.
Jennifer Lawrence sets a marvelous performance as the lead actress of this franchise. The beginning of the movie is a bit slow when you compare it to the previous two movies. Once Katniss goes to a hospital with wounded and sick people in District 2, the action starts. Also new to the franchise Natalie Dormer radiates as Cressida, the film director of the crew Katniss is filming propaganda clips, called propos, with.
Elizabeth Banks returns as Effie Trinket and is definitely the most important actress in terms of humor in the movie. Banks manages to bring funny moments to a movie with an overall serious and dark subject. A force that can’t be reckoned with in this movie is Josh Hutcherson who plays Peeta Mellark for the third time. Hutcherson really explored his dark side during this movie, and manages to change the once so charming and loving Peeta to a real monster.
Furthermore Sam Claflin sets a strong performance again as Finnick Odair, Woody Harrelson is funny (but this time sober!) as alcoholic and previous mentor Haymitch Abernathy and Jena Malone is strong and fierce in the five seconds of brief screen time she has.
One of the strongest parts of the movie is the ending. Francis Lawrence manages, once again, to get the audience at the edge of its seat when the screen goes black after a horrifying last scene. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 sets a solid ground for the obvious more action-packed Mockingjay – Part 2, which is out November 2015. If you’re a real fan of the books, this movie will be pure joy to you.View Movie Quotes