It is finally here. Fans have spent the last 365 patiently waiting, pledging their allegiance to District 13, and it’s finally here. The release of the first half of Mockingjay.
We join Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as she tries to wrap her head around what happened in Catching Fire and the fact that she is now smack dab in the middle of the war. President Coin (Julianne Moore) is working her to be their Mockingjay while Katniss struggles being without Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) for the first time since the first Games.
Fans of the book met the split with mixed reactions, so of course, director Francis Lawrence and the writers had the tough task of making the split worth it.
And they succeeded.
Anyone who has read the book knows that not much happens in the first half, but the movie is able to grab you right from the first few seconds all the way to the last few seconds.
With splits in the past, it becomes a task of making a movie that tells a story of its own even though it’s a split and doesn’t serve to just set up the finale. This movie accomplishes that and proves that there is more to this story then what you would think. This movie is able to stand on it’s own, while set up the finale. Two birds one stone. Perfect.
The acting was as good as ever. Jennifer Lawrence proves once again why she is perfect for this role as she brings Katniss to life in this movie. Liam Hemsoworth shows off his action side as he joins the rebellion but it is Josh Hutcherson is the one that steals the show. His scenes with the Capital and the end are amazing. He really stepped up for this movie.
Francis Lawrence continues the amazing job that was done in Catching Fire as the rebellion starts and spreads in this movie. The action sequences were done well and the use of CGI wasn’t over the top and fit with the story.
Now of course, there are some flaws that should be looked at. Finnick and Joanna have become such important characters to the story and they weren’t in it as much as I would have liked or expected considering the movie.
Overall, the movie is a great addition to the already stellar series and sets up the finale next year. There are some fluff scenes but doesn’t disrupt the flow of the movie.
Mockingjay pt 1 stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, and Philip Seymour Hoffman and is rated PG-13.