The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 sets up the franchise finale with a penultimate chapter loaded with solid performances and smart political subtext, though it comes up short on the action front. – RottenTomatoes – Read More Here
One of the things I like about “Mockingjay” is how it throws out the format of the first two films, eliminating any games from the narrative. Well, actually, that’s not true. The entire film is a big sick game between Katniss, President Alma Coin, President Snow, and the imprisoned Peeta who was left behind during the big escape at the end of the previous film. It’s just that the games they’re playing now are on a different board and have very different stakes. The film explores the way propaganda is used to set the stage for a conflict, and considering this is a mainstream franchise aimed primarily at young audiences, it’s actually a pretty interesting take on how image matters as much as action in a media age. Peter Craig and Danny Strong’s script is a fairly straightforward adaptation of the source material, and it moves along at a fairly aggressive clip.
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Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.