Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour-Hoffman

My housemate loves the Hunger Games books so when she first heard there were going to be adapted to film, she made me book tickets to the opening night midnight premiere, which started a yearly tradition.  I did not think that I would enjoy it. I figured it would be on the same level of movies like Twilight and that other one with Bones in the name that no one cared about. Instead I got pulled into a strange dystopian society that was made into magic with the fantastic cast of stars. I loved the first two films.

The third installment of The Hunger Games was disappointing compared to the first two. Not because of the acting which was fantastic. Not because it didn’t follow the book, because it did. It was because for most of the film I was waiting for something to happen.

After the almost continuous action of the first two films, Mockingjay Part 1 felt sluggish. I feel like they could have done the whole movie in half an hour and stuck on the front of the next one. This is exactly what the movie felt like, a prologue to part 2.

There were only two things that just saved this film. First were the powerful propaganda speeches and the raw emotion of Katniss played by Jennifer Lawrence.

Would another actress be able to play this role as well or better? Who knows, not me that’s for sure. SHOULD another actress have ever been considered for this role? Never.

Lawrence puts just as much effort into the Hunger Games, a teen flick, as she does for her Oscar nominated or winning roles. Many people love her for her quirkiness and ‘she’s just like us’ feelings, but I love her for her ability to give me goose bumps in almost every role she’s played.

Oh and the second thing? Liam Hemsworth. I know I sound like a swooning teenage girl but come on. At least I got to look at him instead of getting bored.

All in all The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was a slow, anti-climactic film that was obviously just made to stretch the franchise as far as it could be stretched by Lionsgate. There were great performances by cast who were let down by a lacklustre script.

Rating: 6/10

Tags: The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 1, Jennifer Lawrence