The Jennifer Lawrence Trailer Hour: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 and Serena

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Jennifer Lawrence is everywhere, and deservedly so. In just a few short years, the oscar winner has proven time and time again to be one of the most versatile, likable, and soulful thespians working today. As such, trailers for two of her upcoming films have arrived at around the same time, and since I’m a lazy ass and have opted to talk about both of these late, I’ve decided to lump them, so without further ado, here we go. Let’s start with the one everyone knows.

I have been complaining about the marketing for this movie since it started. The posters have been lazy, and the first trailer was rushed, and haphazard. However, I have not been mad out of malice, quite the opposite in fact. I have enjoyed both of the Hunger Games films very much, especially Catching Fire ( a remarkable feat considering that I hated that book), and have been stoked to see what returning director Francis Lawrence is bringing us this time around, and now we finally get to see it. As expected, it looks very impressive. What stands out most so far is the sheer scale. Lawrence did a fantastic job of replicating  and improving the formula of the first film last time around, but here, in a story that gives him more room to play, he really seems to be shining. The action is beautifully photographed (particularly the last shot where Katniss sinks that arrow into the hovercraft) and the production design is top notch. Beyond that, this looks to be a very emotionally fueled film, with fantastic performances from not only Lawrence, but also all of her fine compatriots including Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and series newcomer Julianne Moore. This series shows just how great young adult fiction can be, and I can’t wait to see this one on November 21st.

Moving on…

Silver Linings Playbook is my second favorite film of all time. As such, any reunion between Lawrence and her co-star Bradley Cooper has some pretty lofty expectations to get over as far as I’m concerned. With that said, this certainly seems interesting. It takes place in North Carolina in the early 20th century. George Pimberton (Cooper) is the head of a timber empire with his wife Serena (Lawrence) helping him call the shots. When it is revealed that she cannot have children, their marriage, and their lives as a whole start to come into question. While some of the acting certainly seems a bit stagey, the chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence is still off the charts, and the themes of the story certainly stand a chance of evolving into a great film. It is slightly worrying that the film (which has been in production since 2012) has not yet picked up an American distributor even with two major stars, but hopefully when the film premiers in London next month, that won’t be an issue anymore.

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