Jennifer Lawrence, reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen, does a fine job expressing the horror of living under a government that has given up pretending it is not an oppressor, while maintaining the Kafkaesque pretension that it plays fairly with its victims. Ms. Lawrence portray Katniss' anger, despair, and determination, while keeping her character believably youthful and vulnerable.
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mullark gives another stalwart and sensitive performance, and we get to see some depths from both Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket. Although the competing Tributes are mainly one-dimensional, seeing them makes them more real, although most of them get less action and dialog than in the novel. (Georgie was displeased with the role of Mags, the old woman Tribute, which adds to the stereotype that the old are only burdens until it is time to sacrifice themselves. It's been a while since I read the book, but I was pretty sure she had more to do in print--.)
Effects and production values are maintained, with some amazing costume and makeup designs, making for a satisfying visual experience.
That being said, I'm not thrilled about the prospect of the final book becoming two movies. Although there are two distinct parts to it, I don't really think that there was enough plot in Mockingjay to sustain two movies. But, I'll reserve judgment on the films until we have a better idea how they are done.
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