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Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 | Cinematically Enigmatic

Think of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 as more a less a pit stop on the way to the series' final destination. Gone is the previous installments' tried-and-true formula that had young warriors battling both intense media scrutiny and each other for glory, as well as the right to live. Mockingjay - Part 1 replaces it with scenes that weigh more heavily on emotion, exposition and plotting, shifting gears dramatically now that the games are done and war is upon the nation of Panem. It's a far cry from the open arena combat of the previous movies, which may not come as a shock to fans of Suzanne Collins' novels, but for those filmgoers expecting a more action-packed outing, it may try their patience.

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