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Film Reviews: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part I)

Year: 2014
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writer(s): Peter Craig & Danny Strong
Cinematographer: Jo Willems
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore
Country of Origin: U.S.
Rating: PG-13
Time: 123 min.

"If we burn, you burn with us!" is probably my favorite line ever and I will be repeating this line to every person I see from now on! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part I) is the second to last installment of one of the best young adult franchises to have come along since Harry Potter. Naturally, the studios followed Harry Potter's footstep and the final book was split into two films which obviously has good and bad aspects to it. Inevitably, it's the split created a very lukewarm and inconclusive tone. But nonetheless, it packs a punch with it's thrilling action sequences, emotionally captivating performances, and supremely talented cast. As a fan, I loved just watching these characters return and expand their world that focuses on their grim and harsh realities back home that is politically charged. 

(See my Trailer Reaction)

EDIT (11/28):

Arshad and I had an in-depth discussion about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part I) as we are huge fans of the book and films alike! You saw my take of the film up above and now, you can see us discuss the film in terms of performance, structure, story, and the differences from the book and the film. We really get nitty gritty with it and geek out a little bit so take a look!

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