Stars: Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson / Liam Hemsworth /
Release Date: 2014-11-18
Production Companies: Lionsgate, Color Force,
Director: Francis Lawrence, Ana Maria Quintana,
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Summary
Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.
A solid lead-up to the finale.
It's an elaborate game of hurry-up-and-wait. And it's the most shameless example yet of splitting the final book in a hugely popular series into two film adaptations.
Might it have been better if they'd squeezed the whole book into one movie? Probably. Nonetheless, Mockingjay Part 1 is a fine entertainment, shot through with moments of surprising emotional impact.
Jennifer Lawrence's charisma and the the sly excellence of her supporting cast keep "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" aloft.
Mockingjay has more exposition than a TED Talk, more rubble than a decade of The Flintstones, and absolutely no nonmonetary reason to be Part 1 of anything. It isn't storytelling. It's a filibuster.