540. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

540-mockingjay-part-1Background info

Title: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Director: Francis Lawrence
Year: 2014
Run time: 2hrs 3m

“Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, is rescued by the rebels and brought to District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and Plutarch Heavensbee, Katniss spreads her wings and becomes The Mockingjay, the symbolic leader of the rebellion. But President Snow has his own plans for her – and her loved ones.”

Live blog

3:13 – Well that’s a cheerful start to the film.
7:49 – “This is not the girl you described.”
15:54 – Is being a radical a bad thing? I thought it was maybe just… radical.
19:12 – ‘Erbs.
26:35 – I love when people have conditions but aren’t sure about it. Armageddon-esque.
35:31 – Are they green-screening a revolution?
39:41 – Little bit James Bond with the guy handing out gadgets, but still.
49:14 – Woah, that chimney falling down was ace!
50:33 – Cor, she;s amazing. She took out two planes with one arrow.
53:16 – Their video is like the actual movie trailer. Weird.
56:19 – Seems odd to me that the Capitol think the way to solve people being treated unfairly is to treat them more unfairly.
1:12:12 – Blowing up a dam is terrifying but looks incredible.
1:18:37 – That’s the slowest ten second countdown ever.
1:28:02 – Nowhere near enough Haymitch in this one.
1:32:34 – Fennick has to do a heck of a lot of talking to cover an entire mission.
1:48:00 – She’s the queen of spin. Just a few days ago, they didn’t want any victors to be rescued.

Conclusions

It took a while to get back up to speed with what was happening in this one. All I could really remember was the destruction of the forcefield with the arrow, and the very end of the previous movie. But you quickly fall right back into the story, and the battle between the districts and the Capitol.

The film is different to its predecessors, focusing on the build up of the revolution, rather than prepping for a hunger games like event. There was a moment where Effie (who is fabulous, by the way) was talking about her being the best dressed and I thought it was a bit out of place – all those trappings from before don’t seem to matter when the stakes are as high as they are.

I also continue to struggle with the supposed love triangle, it just doesn’t feel like it’s really there so I’m not sure if I should be invested in them or not. I felt the same with the books too, though, so at least it’s consistent! A good film and the ending was far better than the last, a cliffhanger sure but not just stopping in the midst of the story!

Rating: 4/5.

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