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Movie Mayhem – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

By splitting up one novel into two movies, it’s inevitable for “Part 1” to be nothing more than a set-up for a major battle that will occur in “Part 2.” In order to make the first part into a justifiable film, the filmmakers must focus their attention on one aspect that can stand on its own two feet, but doesn’t preclude the final film. In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the focus was on Bella and Edward’s marriage and dealing with the birth of their daughter, Renesmee; in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, it was all about securing the horcruxes. In both instances, the films were simply gearing up fans for what they really want — the final act. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 doesn’t veer away from this formula, making the film weaker than it could have been had the Mockingjay novel been condensed into one tremendous two and a half to three hour film (as opposed to two two-hour films for no other reason than to make more money). Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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