The Hunger Games 3 Mockingjay Part 1 With Less Action
With this third installment of the cinematic tetralogy of Hunger Games , director Francis Lawrence offers more of a social portrait of an action movie … and it’s good!
I said at the release of the first film Hunger Games , writers Gary Ross and Billy Ray had come to give the feature film dimension “adult” that figure (unfortunately) not in the novel. So I was a little disappointed by Kindling(written by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn), the second part because it spent too much action detrimental to the psychology of the characters.
With Revolt, Part 1 , Danny Strong (Jonathan Levinson Buffy , but also the writer of the excellent Game Change on HBO Sarah Palin with Julianne Moore in the lead role) and Peter Craig (a writer of comics who is behind the script of The Town of, and Ben Affleck) are income sources and make Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) a heroine, not free from doubt (quite the contrary), but stripped of that candor and youthful dynamism of the two first feature films.
When opens Hunger Games: revolt, Part 1 , Katniss is overwritten by its two towers in the arena. Transported in District 13 (you will notice some visual kinship with the costumes in 1984 ), an underground place used before the revolt by the Capitol to produce weapons, it is faced with a choice.
Either she decided to become a public face and voice of the rebellion – and obeys the orders of the President Coin (a Julianne Moore convincing, but the speech rate to Game Change is sometimes a bit strange) – or it becomes a person like the others.
But Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), a prisoner of President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is manipulated and tortured to deliver messages against revolt. Katniss wants to save him and struck a bargain with Alma Coin: it will lend itself readily to its propaganda campaign in exchange for the formation of a team that will be sent to Capitol Hill to bring back Peeta and other tributes (including Johanna Mason, played by Jena Malone).
Much more political than its predecessor, The Hunger Games revolt, Part 1 focuses on how Katniss can continue to rally the districts around a common cause, now that she is no longer in the arena.
The scenario therefore gives pride to all the techniques of propaganda and manipulation, the dialogues of Plutarch Heavensbee, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Haymitch Abernathy, played by Woody Harrelson is filled with a cynicism that I enjoyed.
Visual side, the district plans destroyed by the Capitol are effective (District 8 bombing providing good action scene) and the inhuman world of District 13 is fully restored. After the appetizers, I look forward to the second part!