The movie picks up days after the Quarter Quell that has Katniss and the remaining citizens of District 12 take refuge in District 13, an area that they all knew didn’t exist. The district was led by Alma Coin and has been persuading Katniss to become the face of the revolution. To add to that, Peeta has been taken by the Capitol and besides defeating President Snow, Katniss wanted to rescue him. The second part is mainly focused on the war zone, uniting fronts and trying to get to President Snow.
This was inferior to Catching Fire; its predecessor was able to capture the essence of the book in one sitting, and prolonging this does not do wonders to the franchise. Having a two-part flick allows more actors to have more screen time as their scenes are used to prolong the parts. However, watching the two movies together can be a bit tedious, as it really could have been trimmed down into one.
Both movies did have a bit of momentum, but had anti-climactic endings. The ending of part 1 reminded me a bit on where Deathly Hallows decided to cut the film, but while that had quite an intensity, I didn’t get it from this one even if it was possibly going for the same effect. I think if I watched both movies separately I will be disappointed, but watching one after the other allows the build up to immediately carry over, resulting in a much put together film.
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Director: Francis Lawrence
Year: 2014, 2015