In “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ we are treated to a very weepy Katniss Everdeen and a compact running time (123 minutes) that is noticeably briefer than the first two movies. However, Katniss does have some magic arrows and manages to shoot down one of President Snow’s fighters. Watch that scene closely. It’s about the only time Jennifer Lawrence’s character has something important to do, unless you count a plethora of woeful distant stares and reenactments of a woman on the brink of an emotional breakdown. What happened to the warrior princess?
Katniss may have survived two Hunger Game contests, but her life is still a battle. Under the protection of the District 13 president, played blandly by Julianne Moore, she is asked to be the leader of insurrection forces against President Snow. They also want her to shoot a series of television spots staged to show Katniss as the fearless patriot and the only hope of a democracy. The possibility a Twitter account is never brought up.
As portrayed by Donald Sutherland, President Snow seems to be the only person who really relishes what’s happening. He’s delightfully evil.
Katniss still has the hots for Peeta, who after being thought “missing” shows up on TV urging everyone to stop fighting and get in line with Snow, his henchmen and everyone at the Capital.
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was supposed to have critical final scenes in this movie and the next, caused some revisions to the script of both pictures.
“MockingJay – Part I” has none of the spirit of rebellious adventure that marked the first two motion pictures. It almost seems like there really isn’t enough story material for two more films. Whatever, Katniss better have a big final act, or we can all say we were mocked by the mockingjay.