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Jeffrey Wright - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Opening Night Gala - Arrivals - New York City, United States - Wednesday 3rd December 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Review


This four-part franchise, based on the Suzanne Collins novels, turns very dark with this strikingly bold third film, which once again makes the most of perspective to recount a parable about normal people rising up against oppression. This may be a sci-fi apocalypse, but the story is packed with present-day resonance and messy characters who are sometimes unnervingly easy to identify with. So while things get very grim in this chapter, it's still a hugely engaging film, packed with real-life humour and emotion. And it makes Mockingjay Part 2 unmissable.

The story picks up not long after the chaos of the Quarter Quell, when Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) realised that she had been a pawn for a planned revolution that cast her as the iconic Mockingjay. Now in hiding, the rebels need her to assume the role publicly, but she has other concerns. So she makes a deal with rebel President Coin (Julianne Moore) and her sidekick Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) that she'll help them if they guarantee safety for the captured Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who has apparently been brainwashed so he can be used for propaganda purposes by the Capitol's President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Working with her old hunting buddy Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss takes on the Mockingjay role, locking horns with Snow as the rebellion grows in strength.

Once again, director Francis Lawrence vividly tells the story from Katniss' imperfect point of view. This is a teen consumed with anger and confusion, and she can't figure out why she's so inspiring to everyone who looks at her. But she's beginning to understand her impact and how she can use it to help the people she loves. This makes her heroism remarkably human, rather than the usual noble movie self-sacrifice. And Jennifer Lawrence brings so much depth to Katniss that the character transcends even the most jarring plot points. Her internal journey also makes this much more than yet another dystopian teen adventure.

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Picture - Jeffrey Wright - "The Hunger... Los Angeles California United States, Tuesday 18th November 2014

Jeffrey Wright - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" Los Angeles Premiere held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 18th November 2014

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Jeffrey Wright - Photo's of a variety of Hollywood stars as they arrived for the Los Angeles premiere of blockbuster movie 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' The premiere was held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 17th November 2014

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Jeffrey Wright - Shots from the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of the latest film in the Hunger Games series the 'Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 1' The premiere was held at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Monday 10th November 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1


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