HUNGER GAMES MOCKING JAY PT.1There is a new ethos in Hollywood. If you have a successful franchise, why not maximize eyeballs and spread it out as long as possible. That’s why we had two-part conclusions to The Twilight and Harry Potter series. Why should THE HUNGER GAMES be any different? So now we are forced to sit through two parts to the MOCKINGJAY finale. Please force me some more. This is obviously a set-up for the second part. Tate wheels are being set in motion. Katniss realizes she is the Mockingjay, and exacts demands from President Coin to be the face of the revolution. But she is obviously in love with Peeta. Once she discovers he is alive, she puts his well being ahead of her own. The film ends with a shocking scene that makes you wonder if it is all worth it for Katniss. Some say there isn’t enough action and it’s too talky and dull. I can’t disagree more with the second point. I was on the edge of my seat wondering where we were going next. The acting is what really lifts this to another level. Jennifer Lawrence. Need I say more? But you also get Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth and Jeffrey Wright. Not to mention a strong subtle reminder of the brilliant yet tragic talent of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The cinematography is gorgeous. The score is powerful yet not overwhelming. If you loved the first two films in this saga, you’ll go see this no matter what. If you casually enjoyed them, this is still worth your time and money. I cannot wait for next November to see how it ends. — Alan Yudman.


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