The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: Movie Review

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is a gripping political drama. It shows the gritty reality the citizens of Panem face day to day - one that plays both sides of the propaganda coin. As much as the meticulous nature of the film is notable, it cannot hide the fact that, at its core, it lacks the narrative depth that plagues most if not all multi-part films.

The Games may have been obliterated for good, but the fight to survive is about to intensify. Faced with daunting odds, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) must put into motion courage, strength and empowerment against the Capitol. This is the moment when she realizes she has no choice but to open her wings and fully embody the Mockingjay symbol. To save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), she must become a leader the revolution.

What stands out with "Mockingjay - Part 1" is its slow pace. It takes its time to unravel what it has to say and what it has to unveil to its audience. Coupled with beautiful cinematography, the film takes a very serious political tone leaving it unmatched at this point when compared to other films in the genre. The slowness does take a toll. At the end of the film, audiences will feel nothing has really happened narrative wise. It feels totally unnecessary to make this a two-part film. Even the great acting can't hide the silliness of trying to prolong this series to another season. But at this point, the film succeeds in setting up the last film in the series.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- superb cinematography
- mature and political tone is unmatched

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- feels like filler material just to setup Part 2

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