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The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

It’s a trend that has started recently in Hollywood is trick to become well-established. When a series of books is turned into movies the last novel of the series is split into two parts yielding an extra movie. Many fans will understandably attribute this to a very obvious rationale. Since the source of the film franchise has come to an end with the author wrapping up things in the novels, a serious source of revenue is about to come to an end and by splitting the final book into two movies, the studio can wring out another round of precious profits. Then there are those who prefer to give the studios benefit of the doubt. They accept that the reason for the last book broken up into two parts is to better preserve the literary integrity of the original novel. In the majority of instances the last novel literary franchise is larger and more intricately constructed than its predecessors. It has to wrap up the myriad of storylines that have accumulated throughout the entire overall story. Most recent example of this is the wildly popular series young people novels, ‘The Hunger Games’, by Suzanne Collins. Occasionally I do try to read the novel that spawned the film and in this case was so impressed but only the quality of how the film was constructed and executed but I found the fundamental themes exceptionally intriguing. After finishing the literary trilogy and our ultimate film should be noted that the directors and screenwriters involved took exceptional care to capture the essence of Ms. Collins novels during the transition from the page to the screen.

Over the first two films introduce your dystopia in the not too distant future. Shortages of resources encompassing everything from raw products from industry adequate food for the population has resulted in such distress that a rebellion was understandable result. Some 75 years ago the government put down the rebellion and instituted The Hunger Games. Having divided the country into 12 districts according to what each one produces. Once a year to tributes are chosen from each district to compete in a life or death competition called The Hunger Games. The 74th game attribute from the poorest district, District 12 was a young woman named, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Through a series of circumstances she wound up not only renting the hunger games along with a fellow tribute from the District, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), capturing the heart of the public in such an extent that the government was forced to break the long-standing the game and allowed to read is that you. The popularity of Katniss spread throughout the country like wildfire. During the mandatory grant for the districts she transcended the status normally attributed to the winner of the Games to a symbol of hope innovation beset by a growing disillusionment of the government. By the end of the previous film, Katniss discovers that there is a well-organized rebellion seeking to overthrow the government. Much to her surprise, the rebellion is exceptionally well organized and includes some very powerful people including the man who was responsible for designing the sadistic games, Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman). One of the main targets of the rebellion is the public disgrace of the leader of the government, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). The seed of the rebellion is the District 13, kept hidden for a very good reason; specialty was armament and nuclear energy. Because of how beloved Katniss has become throughout all 12 Districts, the leader of the rebellion, President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), entreats Katniss to become the ‘Mockingjay’, the symbol of the rebellion which is also depicted on it. She has always worn in the games. President Coin is sure that Katniss will be able to win the hearts and minds of the public ensuring his role in grassroots support that would ashore victory. After surviving an unprecedented two rounds of the games, Katniss was understandably reticent to continue fighting. After learning that her home, District 12 has been annihilated by the Capital, Katniss realizes that she has no choice but to become Mockingjay; the rallying point for the rebellion against the Capital. Along with her bodyguard, Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Katniss becomes a public figure and while visiting a hospital in District 8, the just managing to get out before forces from the Capital bomb the facility killing everyone within it impassioned speech is given by Katniss which becomes the tipping point in turning people actively against the abuse of the draconian government. The Rebellion retaliates when a broadcast of citizens striking in District 7 which depicts an entire team of capital peacekeepers deterred by hidden landmines. A pivotal moment rebellion in one of the most intense emotional scenes in the entire film occurs rent Katniss sees a television image of Peeta in a terribly weakened state; she is recorded singing a heartfelt rendition of rebellion anthem, ‘The Hanging Tree’. Warfare escalates as District 5 taxi dam that supplies power to the Capital destroying it.

The movie provides everything we have come to expect from this franchise. The acting is beyond approach and further legitimate sizes science fiction/fantasy as a respectable charter to filmmaking. No longer do films of this category have to put up with being shunned as shallow entertainment. An increasing number of well-respected actors and Academy award winners are flocking to film such as this. Jennifer Lawrence has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress twice renting once. Philip Seymour Hoffman also had a number of nominations for best supporting actor in Austin for is that in his performance of ‘Capote’. The film was dedicated to his memory; he died just a week short of completing principal photography. Of course Julianne Moore now has to be added to the list of Oscar winners for taking home the Best Leading Actress statue for 2015. Even though without little golden statue are exemplary in their craft with Donald Sutherland April showed after the leading man and journeyman actor during his career that has passed the 50 year mark. Understandably however, by its very nature the film lacks satisfying ending. By design nothing is resolved; the point of this film was to set the stage for the grand conclusion coming up in part two. The special effects are incredibly well done. I am somewhat surprised that this was not pushed to 3-D like so many other films of the genre. This decision demonstrates filmmaker and produces more concerned with making a very solid film to try to diffuse the emotional and psychological intensity of the story by diluting it concerns over utilizing the illusion of depth. Just as an experiment I did setting my television to a 3-D emulation mode and it worked out quite well. Still, the cinematography here is nothing short of spectacular with the specialty of each District offering a different palette for set design. That is juxtaposed with scenes that depict the horrors of war that moved our beautiful protagonist becoming a symbol of freedom; the story is Lawrence’s performance work so well together that the audience cannot help but to be moved. Many movies that started as beautiful fantasy novels able to elicit the depth of emotional connection achieved here but somehow this story was able to manage to induce a psychological intensity to its message of human rights liberation from tyranny.

Posted 03/02/2015

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