Mockingjay seems to be another two-parter that benefits from being split up. This Part 1 of the final film, is all about the build up to the rebels' inevitable battle with the pampered prima donnas of the Capital in Part 2. Once again, Jennifer Lawrence is the strongest piece of this franchise. She makes you believe so much in Katniss, that every word she says is gospel. A good example of that is when she's emoting to the cameras recording her for the rebels' inspirational videos. The speeches she gives are nothing new but, when she says them, it's emotionally powerful. Like a special assortment of spices, each of her co-stars adds a distinct flavor to their parts. In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, is very effective at showing him in and out of his element. Some actors get more screen time for this film like Elizabeth Banks and Liam Hemsworth, while others get considerably less like Woody Harrelson and Stanley Tucci. You can never have enough Haymitch. Luckily, it balances itself out. One character that I still don't care for is Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson. The supposed love that's between him and Katniss looks and feels fake. Just because they say it's there, doesn't truly mean it is. Of course, the relationship between Katniss and Gale (Hemsworth) seems unrealistically strained for plot convenience as well.
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