Review: Jennifer Lawrence remains the beating heart of intense 'Mockingjay Part 1'

November 18, 2014 6:34 PM

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I don't mean that it's about Katniss Everdeen, the character she's playing, either. Sure, Katniss is once again front and center as we see the aftermath now of what happened at the end of the Quarter Quell games in "Catching Fire," with Katniss poised to be the face of the revolution. But when I say this is a film about Jennifer Lawrence, I mean it's about her fame, the pressure that she's under to make this franchise work because of what it means to Lionsgate, and the way she continually manages to deliver moments that feel authentic, whether they are or not, even under the unforgiving microscope of fame.

It's also a pretty good yarn, told with a great deal of energy, packed with actors who are doing everything they can to sell what is, at this point, fairly familiar material. There are a lot of dystopias these days, and with all of this serious-faced scowling about the end of the world, the only way...

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