the hunger games: mockingjay part 1 – let’s hang out by the hanging tree

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 is the first of two films based on the final book of The Hunger Games novels. It’s directed by Francis Lawrence and stars; Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman,Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland. It’s the continuing battle of Katniss as she rages against President Snow. Where we previously left off with our heroes they were being lifted away from a game and it’s revealed that there’s a bigger resistance movement going on. Mockingjay Part 1 picks up right after this.

The good; the stakes. There’s a very good sense of what’s going on here, and what’s at stake. It’s peoples’ lives and livelihood, bravo with setting all that up.
The film allows itself to explore themes of; war, propaganda, morality and ethics. Granted the source material is intended for the teen audience, we’re still able to touch upon serious topics.

I actually enjoyed the non-ending… ending in Mocking Jay part 1, where there was more to be desired from Catching Fire. I’m looking forward to the conclusion in the sequel next year.

The bad; it’s very difficult to enjoy a movie in a theatre these days. Teenage girls ruined this experience, what with their inability to turn off the flash on their camera phones. They’re on their phones 24 hours a day right? So why don’t they know how to darken the screen let alone turn off the flash on the camera?

Overall, lots of good stuff going on here. With this film we’re given a larger look at the world of Panem, I’m actually surprised it took us this long to see this much of it. Great performances from the cast and there’s a great sense of danger and urgency with what’s at stake.
I would suggest seeing this film in the theatre, probably a matinee when the teenage girls are supposed to be in school… no talking during the movie, shut up, no one cares, and yes, you do look hideous in that selfie, even though you can see what you look like before you take the selfie. To all the stupid millennials and now the “plurals,” your opinions don’t count because you’re terrible and don’t have an opinion worth expressing.

if you’re lucky enough, you just might find an empty theatre somewheres…

And we get a nice credit in dedication to Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Fade out-




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