The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

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I thought this movie was a kick butt feature that is the best of the franchise. Katniss, Gale and Peeta aren’t playing games, they are playing for keeps, for freedom and for life itself. The detail and production values in this movie are awesome. You see our favorite characters fighting for survival while keeping some sort of humanity about them.

Katniss is the heart of this series of movies but Peeta is the soul of this story and what happens in this movie is quite surprising. President Snow remains a evil force to be reckoned with and he makes life very hard for all of Panem whose population is aligning with rebellion and is inspired by The Mockingjay. As a dude who grew up watching war movies with his dad they did their homework in some of the scenes of war and its aftermath.

I enjoyed the addition of President Coin played by Julianne Moore. She lent some gravitas to her portrayal of Coin. Our other favorites Haymitch, Plutarch, Effie, Finnick and Caesar make strong appearances and help this movie one to enjoy and it makes you ready for Part 2.

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