Excerpt: Es evidente que se trata de una película puente para alargar el final de la franquicia, pero este dramón bélico es tan entretenido y está tan bien presentado como la entrega anterior. Así que todo bien, a la espera de que el Capitolio sea pasto de las llamas. El amor, ya se verá.
Excerpt: It’s not that the first two pictures were exactly laugh riots — they are, after all, chronicles of bloodthirsty oligarchs demanding children murder each other for their amusement. But the (now-de rigueur) splitting of the final book of the YA franchise into two films means that this half is, by necessity, less about big action bits and more about mood, more setup than payoff.
Excerpt: We may be among rebels fighting an evil empire here, but this revolution seems to have been stage-managed by Josef Goebbels and Leni Riefenstahl. (Ironically, critics in 1977 wondered whether the triumphant denouement in “Star Wars” was deliberately modeled on Riefenstahl’s “Triumph of the Will.”) When Coin addresses her uniformly-jumpsuited followers from an elevated balcony, their enthusiastic cries of “Hoo-rah!” might as well be “Sieg Heil!”
Excerpt: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ is the calm before the storm as the rebels take steps towards the ultimate goal of overthrowing the Capitol and Katniss contemplates the role she’ll play in the campaign’s future.
Excerpt: Beginning in medias res and trailing off without a real cliffhanger climax, “Mockingjay: Part 1” may be essential to series fans, but it feels more like a TV series arc episode than a feature film.
Excerpt: Having found its footing in two prior outings, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 coasts on its predecessors successes without inventing new or interesting pathways to deliver the audience to the final chapter with unanswered questions and a desire to see where it all ends.
Excerpt: Mockingkay’, with its astute political subtext – in keeping with its equally impressive predecessors –, provides a compelling case for why the ‘Hunger Games’ franchise is more than just another YA cashcow; it is accomplished dystopian filmmaking worthy of serious discussion and analysis.
Excerpt: more streamlined Mockingjay might best offer an epic conclusion versus a one-two punch delivered months apart. Still, Mockingjay – Part 1 inevitably has audiences hooked for Part 2 and leaves one hungry for Katniss’s grand finale. She’s just amassing an army with her soulful tune for a bigger, better fight.
Excerpt: However, ‘Mockingjay’ feels as if it has lost a step since the aforementioned ‘Catching Fire’s lingering conclusion. Nevertheless, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ manages to convey an imaginative sense of colorful chaos and wonderment.
Excerpt: Its only sin is that it’s incomplete: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is only the first half of the final chapter of Suzanne Collins’ immensely popular young adult franchise, and boy, does it feel it. All setup and no payoff, the film replaces a climax with a mere story twist and ends on a cliffhanger that leaves viewers waiting until next year for a resolution.
Excerpt: In this second sequel we are now past The Hunger Games and well into the revolution, the war is on, and many will fall. Brother will kill brother and blood will be spilled. That’s . . . entertainment?!