The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1
As a much weightier and more satisfying installment than its predecessor “Catching Fire" we see here in “Mockingjay” a far more focused hand in the directing chair in the third part of the THG franchise. “Mockingjay” has very little reliance (in my opinion) on the sometime overabundance of technical visuals, bells, and whistles gimmickry to keep pushing the film’s story along. Instead we see in this Part 1 segment a film more emotionally grounded and more humanistic as it weaves itself into depths of genuine dire, dark and consequential events to the films’ overall plot and subplots.
“Mockingjay” worked for me much, much better as a 2 hour solid and well-rounded piece of entertainment even though it’s clear that this Part 1 effort was stretch a bit thin as a financial “money grab” by splitting “Mockingjay” into two separate parts.
Above all, it is abundantly clear since the debut of the original film “The Hunger Games” to now “Mockingjay Part 1” is that the essential strength of this entire franchise as a huge money maker is singularly derived and rest on the splendid acting prowess of Jennifer Lawrence. She seems uniquely gifted in being able to create far more genuine feeling, raw emotion and real passion for her character “Katniss Everdeen” than I believe few other working Hollywood actors could have done with the same material. And as if her winning the Academy Award Oscar as Best Actress in “Silver Lining Playbook” and another Academy Award nomination in “American Hustle” wasn’t already enough proof, Jennifer Lawrence proves once again here as well that she truly is the absolute real deal when it comes to being one of best natural actors and her uncanny ability to inhabit her roles.
I have no doubt she will be giving many fine performances in various film projects in a myriad of diverse roles for decades to come.
3 – 1/2 Stars