It’s back! ‘The Hunger Games’ has returned, but this time it is the beginning of the end for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1’.

The film follows ‘Catching Fire’s abrupt ending of the District 12, Katniss’ home, destroyed by the Capital. Angered by the Capital’s actions, Katniss fights for the rebellion, which they are now called District 13.

‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ offers enough action, enough emotion and enough built-up for the upcoming ‘Mockingjay: Part 2’.

The film is mainly Katniss’ story, as she learns to adjust to the new world she’s living in, which is war that surrounds her and her world has been exposed to fear and corruption.

While ‘Mockingjay: Part 1’s story isn’t complete, because it is split into two parts, but the first part is mainly a set-up for next year’s finale and a great built-up it is. This first part reminded me of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ first part, as it teases you and sets up certain events, which will lead into next year’s second part.

Jennifer Lawrence easily steals the show, amongst a very talented cast of actors which include the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Julianne Moore. Josh Hutcherson, who portrays Peeta, had his best performance to date in this film and even Liam Hemsworth brought some emotion to Gale, who now becomes more than a supporting character, as we learn more and his character grows in this first part.

The score is also thrillingly amazing.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1’ continues the series’ strong set of films, and this film is no different, as this film presents an extension of ‘Catching Fire’ and a prequel to ‘Mockingjay: Part 2’ in hopes this series will end on a high note, because ‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ is exciting, emotional and full of action and wonderful character building which makes ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1’ a must see movie going experience of the year.

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