I think Jennifer Lawrence did a good job showing the character's transition from a mere survivor to hero. Having read all the books, I am really happy with the movie. I am not a big fan of movies that embed a romance plot in a violence-oriented plot, but I think those two plot lines were well balanced. I have to give Jennifer Lawrence props for her performance, but I also have to point out that she fumbles pretty bad on the emotional parts to the point where I was laughing at instead of feeling empathy for the protagonist She makes up for it in Part 2 Overall a good watch, and a must see if you've read the books. I thought it was atrocious. For those who haven't read the series, but are watching the movies, you will like this if you liked the Hunger Games. I just thought it was ridiculous.
But for whatever reason, I've enjoyed the last two. I also continue to be pleasantly surprised by the diversity in the casting. Previous episodes of the Hunger Games are now seen to all be pointing at the real story and direction as demonstrated in Mockingjay Part 1. Not sure if this if part 1 can be improved on - I look forward to Part 2 and whatever may lie beyond It's a necessary segue to the finale, but it's a little slow-moving. There is additional character development here, as well as more exploration of the characters' relationships. It has good pacing, great actors, and an interesting setting. I found the additional character development interesting, as the lead character, Katniss, is forced to take on a role she never wanted.
But was convinced by a friend to watch Catching Fire and was pleasantly surprised to find I liked that one. Almost feel I should watch Hunger Games again because I really disliked it. . I do wish there was a way for people to really understand that besides Katniss' only goals of saving her sister and keeping Peeta alive, she is shaped by her circumstances and honestly has no way to process lots that has been thrown at her from the age of only 16 or 17 regarding the games. The scenes of resistance were wonderful! Stupid, stupid to remove this underlying story from the screenplay.
A masterfully told story of how an unwilling leader energizes an entire population to come together prepared to fight to the death - putting aside all differences so as to be able to unite under the common cause of the value of the individual and his freedom from domination and oppression. Not a fan of when screenplay writers change pivotal aspects of the story. All of the Hunger Games movies have a slight twist on dystopia themes. And this one was similarly entertaining. But he was brilliant and steals the show imo.
Eh, book was still better. Actually looking forward to the finale. Punishing the districts that rise up and rebel against the establishment and then keeping those districts under establishment control by forced labor and near starvation by giving one person per district the hope of a better life style by creating a mass-media game is quite clever. I wonder if Hoffman's presence in the last two is part of the reason the series has improved on me. Like the story behind the mokingjay pin, how it was given to Katniss and how it ties in to the final chapter of the series. I really liked this movie.
I already knew it was going to leave me hanging, so I was prepared. Full disclosure: I hated Hunger Games. The movie is fast-paced, like the others in the series, and it doesn't seem as long as it is - and there is a bit of a cliffhanger ending. But in general regarding her entire life in the Seam. If so, I may not like the finale. . .
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