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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Verdict - "Undoubtedly the weakest film of the franchise. Mockingjay: P1 is a mind-numbling experience."

Subsequently after spoiling the Hunger Games in "Catching Fire", Katniss Everdeen is perceived as a pagan symbol (proudly named as the Mockingjay) for all the people in the districts who were contrived by the dirty politics rendered by President Snow from the Capitol. How does she truimph over from all these stumbling blocks narrates you the plot of the movie partially.

Now with all consciousness, we all agree with the fact that this movie shouldn't have been cut into two parts because there's nothing complicated to explain to do so. The last movie ended with a major foresight and that elevated my expectations to this movie but with a minimal story line and a two hour runtime made this movie look mediocre and tedious.

And I also agree with the argument that this movie enacted as a great supporting element for the characters of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. But did it end up perfectly? No! Also they were few surplus scenes in the movie which didn't feel needed and they took me out of the movie for the most part.

Jennifer Lawrence was breathtaking to look at, I have no complaints about her nor with anyone in the movie because this is a movie where performances will not be itemized more, it's about the story structure and the direction and this movie did feel a little underwhelming in those departments.

To conclude, this should've been a good tight forty five minute first act of the Mockingjay franchise. It will leave you with a empty feeling and is such a mind-numbling experience which you'l prbably never visit back again. I have nothing more to say about this movie because I'm left with a perception that I only watched a half movie. That is all!

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Movie Review

Verdict – “An Outstanding Movie Which Is Better Than Its Predecessor.”

The second instalment in The Hunger Games franchise ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is directed by Francis Lawrence which is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci.

It’s been a year since Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellarkhave won the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss is going through a post-traumatic stress disorder, and she is still messed up because of the events that took place in the hunger games. Katniss and Peeta now live in the Victor’s Village where they get an unexpected visit from President Snow, and they both are threatened and forced to go on a Victor Tour, which will act as a distraction from the real problems in the world. A revolution is stirring in Panem, Katniss is the only hope for her people and to stop this outbreak, President Snow wants her out of the way. He wants her dead in any way possible, and due to some newly written law, Katniss and Peeta are now forced to join the 75th Hunger Games along with the existing pool of winners of the previous hunger games (So this time it’s like an All-Star Hunger Games).

This movie is not just about the hunger games anymore; it is about so much more than that. It’s about rebellion, revolution and the corrupt government who is willing to do the worst things possible to make the lives of the people miserable. This movie shows us how these games work and all the politics behind it.The games doesn’t start until halfway through the film, and the build-up which leads to the games is brilliant and doesn’t drag for even a second. The pace of this movie is so good that you might slightly feel breathless when the hunger games are about to begin.

The performances are terrific especially Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Her character is much broader and vulnerable this time, and Jennifer portrayed this role brilliantly. No doubt that she is one of the most beautiful actors today. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta was way better in this movie than the previous one. Donald Sutherland as the President was terrific; you will hate the President even more in this film because Donald Sutherland presented the President’s evilness so well. A few more great performances to mention are Stanley Tucci as Caesar, Elizabeth Banks as Effie and Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays the new Head Gamemaker. The cast of the movie is fantastic. Everyone did a great job. 

Another great thing about this movie – No more shaky cam. Yeah! It’s pretty much non-existent in this film except for a few scenes. Francis did an outstanding job in directing this movie and setting a dangerous, intense and deeper tone. There were genuine sadness and emotion in this film which is very well handled by the director. The visual effects and cinematography were stunning. The movie looked spectacular. The movie ends kind off abruptly, which is a plus point because it just gets you more excited for the third installment. The music composed by James Newton Howard is fantastic, and it puts you in a more profound mood. 

To sum it all up, Catching Fire is a brilliant movie and one the best films of the year. It is way better than its predecessor in all the aspects. If you are a fan of the first Hunger Games or a fan of adventure and sci-fi movies, this movie is a must watch.I am giving it a solid four out of five stars, and I highly recommend you to watch this film.

My Rating – 4/5 | -By Chinmay Chawade

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