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|Originaltitel:||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1|
|Genre:||Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 123 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) escaped certain death in the arena during the Jubilee. But the fight against Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has not been won yet. On the contrary: to demonstrate his strength, Snow had the entire District 12 destroyed. Gale (Liam Hemsworth) was able to get some of the residents to safety, including Katnis's mother (Paula Malcomson) and her little sister Prim (Willow Shields). In the underground catacombs of District 13, which was believed to have been destroyed, the survivors, led by President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), prepare for a decisive battle against the Capitol. But the rebels need a leading figure - and that can only be Katniss. But after the events in the arena, she is no longer sure who she can trust at all. Only when she learns that Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is still alive and apparently being abused by Snow for his own purposes, is she ready to resume the fight - a fight that will soon claim many victims…<x>N</After the enormous success of the novel trilogy and the first two cinema adaptations, "The Tributes of Panem - Mockingjay Part 1" is finally the third film about Katniss Everdeen to be released in the cinemas, long awaited by fans. As usual at the moment, the last book of the trilogy for cinema is divided into two films. What worked out well with "Harry Potter" and the "Twilight" saga, will certainly also provide the film studio with full cashboxes again. However, it becomes very clear with "Mockingjay" that the decision for such a division has no artistic, but only financial reasons. Even though the movie has many strong moments and is really well done, it suffers from the fact that the brilliant finale takes away any dramaturgical climax.
Who knows the book, knows that there are also very tense and emotional scenes in the first half. Francis Lawrence did a great job of implementing them. The "Hanging Tree" scene alone will give many fans goose bumps. Here Lawrence succeeds in creating ever-increasing emotions through the combination of music and images. The attack on a military hospital in District 8 is also a very effective scene, in which all the movie's strengths come to the fore. The effects, as well as the equipment, camera work and of course the actors are fully convincing.
Although Jennifer Lawrence is a little bit too fat in some scenes and Liam Hemsworth is very stiff, the acting performances leave a very positive overall impression. Especially Elizabeth Banks is wonderful as a Effie Trinket desperate for the fashion disasters in District 13. All in all, this sounds like a really well done bestseller movie. Nevertheless, a somewhat disappointing aftertaste remains at the end. Because dramaturgically the good and effective moments of much hot air are inflated to an unnecessarily long running time of two hours. That wouldn't be too bad if the movie had a real climax. It lacks an independent storyline, such as the first part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". Instead, only the grand finale is prepared here and before it gets really exciting, the credits already come.
No question, "The Tributes of Panem - Mockingjay Part 1" is atmospherically excellently realized. But the rather poor dramaturgy makes it clear that the book simply doesn't give enough material for two films. If the makers had decided against the financial exploitation of the original and for a three-hour finale, then "Mockingjay" could without doubt have become the best part of the film trilogy. However, the whole thing is too obviously a protracted foreplay, which offers many good moments, but no satisfying climax. This is a bit disappointing, but for fans of the books and the first two movies there are still enough positive aspects that make a visit to the cinema worthwhile. And that's why at the end there's still a deserved one with a few small compromises: Worth seeing!
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