‘Mockingjay’ darkest of three ‘Hunger Games’ films

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1." / The Associated Press

Reviewed by Macie Little
Times- News correspondent

   “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” is the third installment of the “Hunger Games” saga. Francis Lawrence, director of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” captures district rebels in a beaten-down and disheartened state. As the story begins, the heroes have literally been put underground.|
After the explosive ending of the Quarter Quell in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) wakes up not sure where she is or how she got there. She soon finds out that she is in District 13 led by President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) where she will be expected to be the face of the revolution against the Capitol. At first Katniss is unconvinced, and she is enraged that she was rescued instead of Peta (Josh Hutcherson). However, after she visits District 8 and witnesses the viciousness of the Capitol first hand, Katniss Everdeen rapidly changes her mind. Katniss becomes the Mockingjay, the symbol made famous for her rebellious attitude throughout “The Hunger Games” saga.
Katniss also is reunited with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), who is now a soldier in the rebellion against the Capitol. They both obviously still have feelings for one another. But Katniss and Gale did not share the experience of two Hunger Games like Katniss and Peta did. Now, we all are wondering if Peta is still alive.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ is the darkest of the three “Hunger Games” films. Without any actual game action in it, “Mockingjay” is slow going at times and could have used more strong emotional moments, like the scene of Katniss visiting the rebel hospital in District 8. Having a dramatic cliffhanger only intensifies the anticipation for the conclusion in next year’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.” As someone predicts to Katniss, “everyone in Panem is going to want kiss you, kill you or be you.” I guess all of the “Hunger Games” fans will be waiting until next November to find out if all of the above takes place.

Macie Little is a junior at Clover Garden School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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