I'm going to give a little backstory into my thoughts on this franchise, both the books and the film adaptations. The first film/book, The Hunger Games, I really enjoy. It was, for the most part at least, original and brought with it a lot of political messages. The second film/book, Catching Fire, I liked even more. It got everything right about the first one and improved it even further. When it comes to the Mockingjay book, I haven't heard too many stories of people being head over heels about it, myself included. I find it to be dull and the events taking place are uninteresting, despite many attempts at moving the plot into directions the other two didn't go in. So when I found out that Mockingjay would become two films, which I'm not sure why I was surprised at as it seems everything is nowadays, I wasn't pleased. I'm still not pleased really. I've got to wait a whole year to watch the film's conclusion, which just sucks.
Repetitive in nature, but exciting in execution, Mockingjay Part 1 seems to fix the problems of the book, most of which are caused by a lack of excitement. The film makes the many many speeches engaging and thorough, all without overstaying their welcome and turning into what the book was. It cuts the story down to the bare minimum, but then stretches out these much needed scenes and pieces of dialogue to suit the runtime. Sure, I could complain about how Mockingjay could've just been one film or The Hobbit should've stayed as two rather than three, but I'm not going to. It's not going to happen and there's nothing I can do to change that.
This film's other Lawrence, Jennifer, returns with a once again haunting performance. At the start of this film we see that her character is distraught and broken. She's not the same person she was at the start of the first film, and that's even said to her on multiple occasions in this. Jennifer Lawrence gives yet other performance that'll blow you away, as it did with me. I'm yet to see her give a bad performance and I'd be beyond happy if it remains that way for the rest of her career. I'm calling it now, Jennifer Lawrence has the possibility of being the next Meryl Streep. Nobody kill me please.
As I expected it to, the end of the film leaves us impatient for the finale. This film, like I previously mentioned, is just a bunch of set up. This set up consisting of propaganda, speeches and more propaganda. It's light on action, but that's okay with me. That's what we have Part 2 for. The stakes are always there, but they're never really fully utilised until the end, take away the scenes in District 8. Just as we're starting to get a feel for the darker turn of events and my heart was racing at a million miles an hour, we cut to black. Thankfully we cut back again, but this only returns for a minute or two before... yep, you guessed it, another cut to black. I know the events that are to take place as I've read the book, but come one! You just couldn't help yourself could you Francis? That's a joke, of course.