THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 (2014 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1—the newest, subpar adventure in the Hunger Games series works so tediously through its story that even the costuming cannot save it. The highlights of the entire 123 minutes of story are: the opening scene and the rendition of the song, “The Hanging Tree”. By the time the film finally ends, all one is left with is the thought that this sequence needs a re-write and Jennifer Lawrence needs to be replaced.

Storyline

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is asked by rebel president Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) to become the symbol of the rebellion—the Mockingjay. Katniss refuses and the story is on as political intrigue builds.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Francis Lawrence for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Suzanne Collins, Jan Foster, and Allison Shearmur for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), President Snow (Donald Sutherland), Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Katniss’ Mother (Paula Malcomson), Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Messalla (Evan Ross), Pollux (Elden Henson), Castor (Wes Chatham), Egeria (Sarita Choudhury), Annie Cresta (Stef Dawson), Commander Paylor (Patina Miller), and Antonius (Robert Knepper.

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If you are committed to finishing the series, go for it.

Ben Meyers

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