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Throughout cinema’s history, there have been numerous director/actor collaborations, and when these collaborative efforts are truly symbiotic, we get some of the most memorable films and performances. Whether it is Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, or Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, these types of director/actor pairs have made some of the most iconic films of the last century. Now, it appears that we have another director/actor collaboration in the making. While it is way too early to even mention this new pair in the same sentence as the examples above, it feels like this new cinematic relationship can develop into something exciting and unforgettable.
This new pair is of course writer and director David O. Russell and America’s favorite star Jennifer Lawrence. They have made two films already, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, and their third effort is opening up on Christmas day. Joy is based on the life of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence)- the woman that invented the miracle mop. The film takes us on a wild journey inside Joy’s personal life as we watch Joy grow from a young, imaginative child into a strong woman who becomes the matriarch of her own business.
I still remember lining up at a local theater for the midnight screening of The Hunger Games. I had just started Chasing Cinema, and I still wasn’t on any lists for press screenings. The line was crazy long; people were dressed up and even holding Suzanne Collins’s books. It was in 2008 when Collins published the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and all three were done by 2010. They had gained significant popularity, hence the studios quickly buying the rights and releasing a film only two years later. Now, seven years after the book was published comes the final chapter in this incredibly popular film franchise.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is the concluding chapter of the war against Panem. The districts, led by Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), must all stand together as an army to take down President Snow (Donald Sutherland). All while everything Katniss loves and has fought for, hangs in the balance. The picture was directed by Francis Lawrence, who has directed every Hunger Games film besides the first. Catching Fire was my favorite of the series, but my least favorite was Mockingjay Part 1. So, going into this movie, my expectations were mixed. Will Lawrence bring it hard for the finale? Or is he over it? Because that’s what it seemed like with Part 1.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is not what you would come to expect from The Hunger Games franchise. In fact, this final chapter, which will be split up into two films, has separated itself from its predecessors. Unlike other franchises, Mockingjay Part 1 does not follow the same formula it established for itself. It is wholly unique from the first two installments, and is a breath of fresh air because it wisely takes the annual Hunger Games out of The Hunger Games film.
Mockingjay Part 1 follows the aftermath of the 74th annual Hunger Games and the costs of the rebellion movement. The heroic Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in District 13 after she helped shattered the force field. Now, under the guidance of Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and the stoic President of District 13, Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), Katniss is in the position of finally becoming the symbol so many has hoped she would become. Can Katniss come to terms with this and help advance the rebellion movement, or will her fears and concerns of others, especially Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), get in the way?