Mockingjay Part 1 blazes on the Big screen

The movie poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The movie poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Andy Ha, Online Co-Editor-In-Chief

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,”
The third film in the Hunger Games franchise rises and exceeds expectations as Katniss Everdeen continues to tackle and take on the government of Panem. Director Francis Lawrence continues to amaze the audience with his creative adaptation of the New York Times Best Selling book and ultimately brings the book to life on the movie screen.
The film franchise continues the Hollywood trend of splitting the final book adaptation into two parts. While in some cases, the first part is boring and very unnecessary, “Mockingjay Part 1” is the exact opposite of that. Every aspect of the film, from the setting to the costuming and the casting to the acting, was on point. While the film is less action and more drama compared to its preceding films, it still amazes and shows what is only the beginning of the end of the franchise.
The movie begins where the last left off, with Katniss Everdeen in District 13. It shows Katniss’s struggle with the loss of Peeta to the capital and readapting to life in a new district. Actress Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen, gives another exceptional performance of the character. Lawrence displays vulnerability, anger, and sadness with such authenticity that it could be said that her performance is Oscar-worthy.
Same could be said for Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark, who probably gives one of his greatest performances in his career to date. Peeta was one of the characters who goes through a huge transformation as he loses his sanity. If the previous films don’t show his credibility as a movie star, this one definitely does. The performance would make him worthy of being the next Tom Cruise.
Another astonishing performance that was given in the film was Elizabeth Banks, who portrayed Effie Trinkett. Effie undergoes a major make-under as she loses her wigs and eye-catching outfits for the standard gray jumpsuits in district 13 and just owns it.
They weren’t the only actors who gave great performances. The new actors that were cast were also spectacular. Julianne Moore as President Coin of District 13 was just perfect. Moore instills the kindness, sincerity, confidence, and softness that would be what is needed for the performance of Coin. She was the main newcomer in the series, and gives the best performance of all the newcomers in the cast.
Along with all the performances, there are other highlights and aspects of the film that are amazing. The scene where Katniss visits District 8 and where she sings “The Hanging Tree” were the main highlights of the film. The film is outstanding and brings the anticipation for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” to a whole new level. 5 out of 5.

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