The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

(Francis Lawrence, 2014)

with Jess de Martine and friend, Battery Park Regal, 12/14/14

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Damn, these movies are smart.  The dialogue is incisive, the plotting has a nice blend of twistiness and inevitability, and the films’ moral universe contains just enough ambiguity to keep things interesting – while still allowing us to root for the heroes, of course.  When you think about it, making your main character a media hero (“symbolic leader,” “propaganda tool,” whatever you want to call it) is a pretty brilliant way to justify the idea that a seventeen-year-old girl with a bow and arrow is the key to winning a no-fooling high-stakes war.  In your average large-scale action movie, the hero is at the center of all the action because that’s what the narrative formula demands – whereas in The Hunger Games, Katniss is the lynchpin of the war effort because a war is a narrative (at least among other things).  Better yet, she resents being used as a symbol – which, in some ways, is what makes her such an effective one.  Mockingjay has some fun with the idea that Katniss is   In fact, her whole character is built around sincerity, integrity, and defiance – which, in her case, are all basically the same thing.  What a great character.  What a great series.  I didn’t even mind when the movie ended in mid-story; it just left me eagerly waiting for more.

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